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Kcnnc'lh Magill '55BS/B '69MS/E 

Chiirc Collins '84MPA/H&S 


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Peggy Adams '87BGS/NTS 

Past Presuieiti 

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School of Social Work 

Beverly Glover '87BGS/NTS •92MS/H&S 

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VOL. 3, NO. 1 
FALL 1996 


Mary EBen Mercer 



art director 

Dxve .McComuck 

campus currents 

Keasia Mackfin 

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Shafer Court Omneaiom is 
a magaziiie for ahjmni and 
6iends of the Academic 
Campus of \lrginia 
Uni%^ersat>- in Riciimood. 
vet' is a public, mtan 
iiiii\^eTsit>' viith an enrofl- 
ment of 21.000 smdons 
on the .Academic and 
Medical CoO^ of 
\'irginia Campuses. The 
magazine is published two 
or three times a >iear b>' 
VO," .Alumni .Aai%TOes. 

Viijinia CbmmoaMeahfa 




As an alumnus of the 
criminal justice program at 
VCU, I was interested in 
your story on "COPS." 
Possibly other alumni would 
be interested in a book I have 
written about my own expe- 
riences as a special agent with 
the Bureau of Tobacco, 
Alcohol and Firearms. It's 
called Piercing the Shields of 
Justice: Inside the AFT, pub- 
lished early this year by 
William Burgess '75BS/H&S 

Since our last issue, the 
criminal justice department 
has announced a new dual 
master's degree in criminal 
justice and divinity. VCU 
Associate Professor Mary 
Clement is coordinator for the 
program, a collaboration 
atnong VCU, Virginia Union 
University, and Union 
Tlieological Seminary. 

Tlie department also has a 
new chair. Dr. JayAlbanese, 
who directed the graduate 
program in criminal justice 

administration atNiagra 
University. — Ed. 

I just saw in the alumni 
magazine the story about 
Maurice Bonds, whom I 
never had as a teacher but 
always thought was really 

I'd really Like to know 
who is still around VCU — 
Dick Carlyon, PrisciUa 
Hynson, Sal Federico? I 
really want to visit the 
campus sometime but never 
have made it down. Such 
precious, wild, wonderful 
memories I have. 

I have a bed & breakfast 
here called The Pink House 
(Monet) and all is weU. 
Barbara Murphy Beach 
Great Barrington, MA 

Dick Carlyon and Priscilla 

Hynson took early retirement 
in VCU's restructuring. 
Carlyon recently received a 
Virginia Museum grant to 
work on a video piece. Sal 

Taking the measure of a school. But who was 
motorized in 1965? {See page 32.) 

Federico '66BFA left in the 
early '70s for New York City, 
where he still lives. — Ed. 

I was sad to learn in the 
magazine of Mo Bond's 
passing. He was such an 
inspiration to all of us, per- 
sonally and professionally. 
One of the most vital 
teachers I ever had. I hope in 
his heart he realized the 
profound influence he had 
on his students, his faculty 
and indeed, the entire School 
of Art. His contribution to 
me, personally, was 
enormous. Whenever I was 
at the lectern I hoped to 
emulate his dynamism, his 
scholarship and his 

I am enclosing a small 
contribution to the scholar- 

ship fund in his honor. 

As for me, I am working 
part time and have just 
enrolled in a life dravring 
class. A reality check. There 
are no instructors Uke we 
had at OF RPI. 
Brenda MacBaisey '58BFA 
Carlsbad, CA 92008 

We are very appreciative of 
the story in the magazine 
about Maurice Bonds. The 
whole family would like a 
copy. Thank you. 
Josie Bonds 

Send letters to 
Shafer Court Connections 
P.O. Box 843044, 
Richmond, VA 23284-3044. 

Email: vcu-alum@> 

Make an Impression. 
Buy a Brick! 

As Virginia Commonwealth Universit\''s showcase for events, recre- 
ation, and athletics, the Stuart C. Siege! Center will provide a new, 
unique venue for the university and the community. It plays a major 
role in "A Strategic Plan for the Future of Viiginia Commonwealth 
University." The Siegel Center is the cornerstone of the plan's initia- 
tives to focus on the quality of student life and VCU's interaction 
with the community. 

One of the most important sources of funding for the Siegel 
Center is private giving. Those who recognize the importance of the 
Siegel Center to VCU and the entire community will play the pivotal 
role in its success. You can join them — and make your own impression 
on the Siegel Center — hy purchasing a gift brick through the Stuart 
C. Siegel Center Brick Program. 

Brick pavers and cast stone insets will he offered for sale to 
students, faculty, staff, and alumni. These bricks will be laid in the 
main entry Arena Plaza of the Siegel Center. For more information 
call (804) 828-4000. 

The Stuart C. Siegel Center Brick Program 



Big and bigger. Not yet built, VCU's 
School of Engineering is already 
expanding. Dr. r.ugcnc Trani 
announced in March that the school 
will ultimately have tour buildings 
and take up an entire block from 
Main to Gary and from Belvidere to 
Pine streets. 

Construction begins this fall on a 
113,00 square-foot, four-story 
anchor building to face Main Street. 
Work will aLso begin soon on the 
"clean room" laboratory for micro- 
electronics research, which the state 
had pledged $1 1 million to build as 
an incentive for Motorola, Inc. to bring its $3 billion plant to the Richmond area. Both buildings are to be 
finished by spring 1998. Engineering's first class entered this fall, with 100 students in the Class of 2000. 

The expansion doubles the cost of the school from $20 million to $40 million, but — looking ahead to graduate 
programs — will triple the space. Funding from private sources for the new school has crossed the $19 million 
mark. Recent gifts include $500,000 from Philip Morris and $400,000 from Ukrop's. Several nearby counties as 
well as corporate and private donors have contributed to the school. 

Dr. Gerald Miller will chair Biomedical Engineering. He was previously chair of the Bioengineering Program 
at the Texas A&M College of Engineering, the largest program in the country. He has developed the world's only 
heart disc pump and directed the Center for Human Systems Engineering at the Texas Engineering Experiment 

Dr. Gary Wnek will head the chemical engineering program. His research focuses on the medical apphcations 
of polymers, and has been chair of the chemical engineering program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, 
New York. 

While the School of Engineering does not yet have a building, it does have a virtual home on the Internet. 
Visit VGU Engineering Home Pages at 


The expansion of the Engineering 
School means major rethinking of 
plans for a new Fine Arts building 
which was to have shared the 
block. That plan would have ren- 
ovated and expanded a warehouse 
at Belvidere and Main. Since the 
warehouse is on the site of the 
Engineering School, it had to be 

An all-new Fine Arts building, 
to open in 1999, will be on the 
north side of Broad Street at 
Hancock Street, part of VCU's 
"Broad Street Corridor" which 
includes the Siegel Convocation 
Center and a 1,100-space parking 
deck. Provost Grace Harris 
comments, "This new site will 
allow us to design a facilit)' specif- 
ically tailored to these programs. 
Our faculty and students will find 
studio space that frees them from 
current physical restrictions on 
their teaching and artwork." VGU 
is gathering facult)' and student 
input for the new building. The 
VGU School of Engineering 

Foundation agreed to buy the site 
and warehouse at Belvidere, to 
reimburse VGU for costs so far on 
the arts center, and to buy and 
prepare the new site for the 

Until their new home is ready, 
classes and studios in painting 
and printmaking, crafts, and 
sculpture are relocated to the 
Biggs building north of Broad 
Street at Marshall and Goshen 
Streets. The sculpture building at 
Broad and Shafer Streets will 
come down to make way for the 
new parking deck. 


VGU undergrads are getting a rise 
out of attending the university 
this year, though a modest one. 
Students saw costs rise just one 
percent when the Board of 
Visitors increased mandatory- 
charges for the 1996-97 school 
year by only $41 — the smallest 
hike in years. 

The small increases are due 
mainly to the additional $200 
million the General Assembly 
allocated for higher education 

spending in 1996-98 compared 
with the current budget. VGU will 
receive 13 percent more funding 
over these two years. \'GU's in- 
state, undergraduate tuition of 
$4,071 for the ne.xt academic year 
ranks as the lowest among 
Virginia's sLx research universi- 
ties, a fact that prompted \'CU 
president Eugene Trani to rate the 
school a "best buy." 


Governor .Allen appointed four 
new members to \'GU"s Board of 
Visitors in lune, three of them 
alumni. Ted L. Smith '75BS/B is a 
General Assembly lobbyist and 
president of the Independent 
Insurance .Agents of \irginia. 
Robert Rigsby '75MS '77Post- 
Cert '81MBA/B is senior \ice 
president of finance and con- 
troller at Virginia Power. W. 
Ba.xter Perkinson '70DDS is a 
Richmond dentist who has also 
taught at VCU's School of 
Dentistn'. .Allen's fourth 
appointee is M. Boyd Marcus Ir., 
a political consultant to .Allen's 
'93 campaign. 


When U.S. A'eivj c- WurUi hepon 
published its national rankings of 
top U.S. graduate schook, several 
VCU programs were recognized 
once again. The School of 
Pharmacy tied for tenth; the 
Master's degree in Physical 
Therapy tied at eighth; the 
master's degree in Health 
.■Vdministration tied at ninth; and 
the MFA program in the School 
of the .-Vrts tied at 25th. 


Both houses of the state legisla- 
ture voted this spring to set up the 
.Medical College of Virginia 
Hospitals Authorit>- 1 .MCVRA). 
The 16-member authority- board 
includes President Eugene Irani, 
the dean of the School of 
.Medicine, Board of N'isitors 
members and gubernatorial and 
legislative appointees. The 
authoriti.' came into existence luh" 
1, 1996 and has a year to complete 

MCVTIA will take over all 
obligations and administration of 
the hospitals, yet keep intact the 
.\IC\H relationship with the 
health sciences di\ision of VCU. 
.\IC\Ti will continue to serx-e 
indigent patients, teach medical 
students and keep its base in 
downtown Richmond. 

Employees of the hospitals 
will be state employees until a 
sunset date of 2001. B>- July 1. 
1997. MCMLA will put its own 
grievance procedure in place, and 
the authorit)' will develop its own 
benefits and comf>ensation sched- 
ules. Employees will continue to 
have access to the Vii^ia 
Retirement Svstem. 


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VCU's Convocation 1996 on 
September 1 1 honors four out- 
standing faculty. 

Dr. Alvin Zfass, professor of 
the School of Medicine, is VCU's 
Distinguished Teacher. Zfass has 
been "a charismatic teacher" at 
VCU for 30 years, has trained 
more than 150 fellows and 
designed the core medical cur- 
riculum in his field of gastroen- 
terology. Students praise not only 
his endoscopy skills ("second to 
none") but his tact with patients 
and students. 

Dr. Billy Martin, professor of 
pharmacology and toxicology, is 
the 1996 Distinguished Scholar. 
Martin is one of the world's 
leading drug abuse researchers, 
especially into the cellular mecha- 
nism of the active agent in mari- 
juana. His research, consistently 
funded by the NIH, has resulted 
in more than 200 papers and 30 
book chapters; and he has been a 
peer reviewer for the National 
Institute for Drug Abuse research 
as well as speaking and writing 

Dr. William Haver, professor 
of mathematical sciences, has won 
the Distinguished Service Award. 
As chair of mathematical sciences 
for 13 years. Haver established the 
department as a leader in Virginia 
in improving math education K- 
12 and at the university level. As a 
Program Officer at the National 
Science Foundation, he was a 
leader in the national Calculus 
Reform movement and brought it 
back to VCU. 

Phil Meggs '64BFA, professor 
of communication arts and 
graphic design won the Award of 
Excellence. His nine books on 
graphic design are used in class- 
rooms and studios in the 
Americas, Europe and Asia. 
Professionals as well as students 
rely on his critical concepts and 
guidance. He has received six 
grants from the National 
Endowment for the Arts. 

"Do not resist the power of the written word, the 
power of language to transform and heal and bring 
inner harmony." 

Former Middle East hostage and peace activist Terry 
Waite speaking to the 4,622 graduates at VCU's 1996 

"Forty-year-olds are having children, 80-year-olds are " 

remarrying and scandahzing their middle- age g 

children. The whole shape of the life cycle has been ? 

fundamentally altered." d 

Gail Sheehy, author of Passages and New Passages, at ; 

a lunch to benefit research on breast cancer at the ^ 

Massey Cancer Center, The Valentine's Day lunch " 

raised $46,000 ^ 

"All healdi care is local. The AMA 
has to come back to the grass 

Dr. Percy Wooten '57MD, presi- 
dent elect of the American Medical 
Association, is known for patient 
advocacy. Wooten has five years' 
experience on the AMA's Board of 
Trustees and serves on VCU's 
Board of Vistors. With nearly 
300.000 physician members, the 
AMA IS medicine's strongest orga- 
nized voice. 

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"Mistakes are made often — 
serious mistakes. The average life 
of a White House staffer is about 
18 months. Working for the 
President is a lot like looking directly 
into the sun." 

Jeffrey Birnbaum (above right). Senior 
Correspondent in Washington, DC for Time 
magazine. Honors Assembly Lecturer cospon- 
sored by Phi Kappa Phi in April. 


World renowned Iron Master and sculptor 
Barry Bailey (second from left) even built the 
furnace at a Cast Iron Pour Workshop in April 
that drew students from North Carolina and 


"The ALA must build bridges to 
various groups, including our 
constituencies, governments, the 
private sector, organizations sup- 
porting common goals, and other 
nations — information is global 
and ignores borders." 

Barbara Ford, executive director of 
VCU Libraries, is president elect of 
the American Library Association 
(ALA), Ford has been active nation- 
ally and internationally in library 
issues like information literacy, 
international cooperation and virtual 
libraries- The ALA's 58,000 
members represent all types of 
libranes — public, school, academic, 
state, and special. 

"He's right in front of us! We can nail 
him right now!" 

Charlie Sheen escapes through the MCV 
"Tunnel" between parking deck and 
hospital. Scenes from The Shadow/ 
Conspiracy were filmed on both campuses 
in June 1 995. The film emerges from deep 
cover in October. 



Aitiong the 1 0.OOO plus runners who carried the Olympic torch towards 
Atlanta this summer was Kelly Brown Mclntyre '90BFA. Kelly ran her 
mile in Philadelphia, her home town. She is currently based in Atlanta 
and worked on the Olympic committee there with alumna Kristen 
Horton '92BS/MC. Freddie Fuller '93BS/H&S, studying for a double 
degree in city planning and transportation engineering at Georgia Tech, 
got some hands-on learning as motorpool manager of the Olympic 
Village. Howard Derkay '85BS/MC, at Advantage International, a world- 
wide event marketing company, worked on Olympics sponsorship plans 
for IBM and UPS. ("I don't have tickets!" he wrote this summer.) 

School of the Arts faculty were also part of the U.S. Olympic "team." 
Sculptor Elizabeth King was among eight artists chosen from 1,500+ sub- 
missions to the Olympic cultural committee for "Out of Bounds: New 
Work by Eight Southeast Artists." Art historian Robert Hobbs curated 
two exhibitions highlighting the work of more than 40 contemporary 
African American artists— "Souls Grown Deep: African American 
Vernacular Art of the South" and "Thornton Dial: Remembering 
the Road." 


The original arts center plan included space for the Anderson Gallery, 
bursting at the seams in its building off Shafer Court. With eight to ten 
major curated shows per year and more than 2,000 permanent works in 
the collection, VCU's gallery is one of the largest contemporar)' art 
museums in the state. 

Steven High '90MB A, who had been director of VCU's Anderson 
Gallery for eight years, went west this summer to head the Nevada 
Museum of Art. "I was pretty involved in the plans for the old facilit)'," 
High said, adding that developing a new plan is best left to someone with 
"fresh ideas and energy." 

Tom DeShmidt, acting dean this summer for the School of the Arts, 
says that because the gallery needs a new director and new space, "we're in 
a positive position to serve all our constituencies, even to decide what 
those constituencies are." VCU has invited ,\llan Shestak, deputy direaor 
of the National Galler\' in D.C. and Patrick iMurphy, director of the 
Institute for Contemporar)' Art at University of Pennsylvania to visit 
\'CU in September and suggest possible directions for the gallen.-. 
DeSchmidt adds, "The Anderson Caller)' ad\isor\- committee will 
certainly be involved in our discussions." For the time being, the galler)' 
will stay put. 

Three VCU scniori in iltuMrs' 
won the third highevt sum ir. 
grant awards in the 1996 cx>.. 
tion and Student Scholarship 
Competition spons'jred by th« 
national S^jcicty of Illustrators. 
Jayson Ayers '96BFA won SXjOf). 
Jin Chung '96BFA won S750 and 
Via Nuon '96BFA won an honor- 
able mention. Their department, 
communication arts and design, 
won a matching grant of S2J50. 
"These are the best of the best," 
says their teacher, Kathleen 
Franck Quarterman. Of 5pOO 
entries this year, only 123 pieces 
were accepted for exhibition in 
New York, and only 43 won 
awards. For the past 15 years, the 
exhibition has included students 
from VCU's illustration program 
in the Communication Arts and 
Design Department 

What better way to celebrate 
than an international exhibit of 
alumni work? This simimer. 
Professor Robert Megank orga- 
nized 50 pieces by 20 anisis to go 
to Austraha and Peru in .August 
and September. "These are real, 
pubUshed solutions to real world 
problems," he emphasizes. "There 
are examples of editorial work for 
newspapers and magazines, 
posters on poUtical and social 
issues, work for cultural organiza- 
tions, advertising, book covers." 
These successful alumni span 
nearly 20 years of \'CU iDusna- 
tion, from Mel Odom '72BFA to 

Student Body Building. Friends of VCU. 
including major donor and Board of\lsitors 
rector Stuart SiegeL celebrated groundbreak- 
ing for the Siegel Center, the university's S29 
million convocation and recreation facility, 
on .\pril 23. President Eugene P. Trani said 
earlier, "I belie\e this is one oftlie most 
important buildings for the student body of 

: Virginia Commonwealth Uni\trsity that wiU 

^ e\'er be built.'" 






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Paul Timmreck, previously Virginia's secretary of finance, is VCU's new 
vice president of finance and administration. Timmreck will direct 
planning, university operations and construction budgets, accounting and 
purchasing at VCU. President Eugene P. Irani comments on Timmreck's 
solid record, "guiding the state through revenue shortfalls without raising 
taxes in the early '90s, all the while preser\ang the state's AAA bond 
rating." Timmreck served under Virginia's three previous governors as 
well. He replaces Donald Brughman who retired in June after 18 years at 

Dr. David Hiley, dean of the College of Humanities and Sciences, is 
VCU's new Vice Provost of Academic Affairs, the unanimous choice of 
the screening committee reviewing internal candidates. Hiley was dean of 
Humanities and Sciences for four years and had been interim vice provost 
since December, 1995. Dr. Susan Kennedy, associate dean of H&S, will be 
interim dean during the next academic year while a search committee 
looks for a permanent dean. 

VCU's Board of Visitors named Dr. Victor Yanchick the new dean of the 
School of Pharmacy. Yanchick had been dean of the College of Pharmacy 
at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center since 1985 and a 
scientific reviewer for the American Society of Hospital Pharmacists and 
the American Pharmaceutical Association for more than ten years. 

The new dean of the School of the Arts will be Dr. Richard Toscan, previ- 
ously dean of fine and performing arts at Portland State University in 
Oregon and dean of the School of Theater at the University of Southern 
California. Toscan is a playwright and an outstanding scholar in twenti- 
eth-century theater arts and history, writing journal articles and texts. 
Toscan foUows Murry DePillars, who left VCU last year for Chicago State 

After 14 years as dean of pharmacy, Dr. John Ruggiero retired on June 30. 
Ruggiero, now dean emeritus, helped develop the new Doctor of 
Pharmacy program, launched in August 1995. 

Dr. Thomas Barker, Dean of the School of Allied Health Professionals, 
also retired June 30. Dr. Cecil Drain, Chair of the Department of Nurse 
Anesthesia, is interim dean. "I don't have any commitments as yet," 
Barker said. "But I'm sure something will come along. It always does." 


On March 4, the VCU Rams beat the Seahawks of UNC-Wilmington 46- 
43 and won the right to represent the Colonial Athletic Association in a 
bid for the NCAA championship. It was an explosive victory, taking the 
Rams to "the dance" for the first time in eleven years. Euphoric VCU fans 
mobbed the floor and held Coach Sonny Smith aloft to cut down the net. 
"Dick Sanders (Rams' Athletic Director) hired me to do this," Smith told 
the Richmond Times-Dispatch after the game, "and it took a hell of a 
long time to get it done." 

VCU also hosted six teams for the first and second rounds of the East 
Region NCAA on March 15 and 17. 

On March 14, VCU played a close game with the Mississippi State 
team who had beaten undefeated University of Kentucky to come to the 
NCAA. Defense was better than offense for both teams, with a final score 
of 58-50, game to Mississippi — but we were there! 


whether the gulf is geographic or 
emotional, many Americans feel 
distant from their extended 
families. How do we fill the gap? 
Family-by-Choke, co-written by 
VCU faculty psychologist Dr. 
Kent Bailey and Richmond writer 
Susan Ahern, "explores deep 
friendships that have evolved into 
family-like relationships." In 
neighborhoods, workplaces, reli- 
gious communities and in cyber- 


A team of VCU scientists has provided what many AIDS researchers consider 
the final piece in a puzzle to understanding the process of how HIV infects 
the body. In the October 26, 1995 issue o( Nature, the team described how the 
AIDS virus undermines a critical function of the immune system that occurs 
in secondary lymphoid tissue like the lymph nodes, spleen and tonsHs. 

Dr. Gregory Burton (left, seated), assistant professor of microbiology 
and immunology, explains that the VCU findings wiU allow researchers to 
focus on the site where a devastating process of HIV infection occurs — and 
ultimately, devise better vaccination and treatment procedures. "This piece of 
information makes a lot of others fit," says Dr. Lewis Schrager, an AIDS 
researcher at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. 
Dr. Lisa Kaplowitz ( right), director of the HIV/ AIDS Center on the MCV Campus, has been 
shaping AIDS policy in research, treatment and education, at VCU and in Virginia since the early 
1980s. Her compassionate and comprehensive knowledge have led to a Robert Wood Johnson 
Fellowship in Washmgton. She joins colleagues from Duke, Harvard, Yale and Tulane in 
Washington where they will have access to the Congress and the President during 1996-97. RWJ 
Fellows will attack not only AIDS but broad public-health issues. "What we've learned from 
AIDS can be applied to health policy and care delivery for chronic diseases and underserved pop- 
ulations," Kaplowitz emphasizes. 

space, people are building their 
ovm "families." 

Bailey's work in human 
behavior and the evolution of 
society is well known. His 
"Psychological Kinship Model," 
has been published in various 
professional scholarly journals, 
and he has written a book called 
Human Pakopsychology. 


David Glass '86BGS/NTS, former 
VCU Women's assistant basket- 
ball coach, was named April 9 as 
Peggy Sells' successor and head 
coach of the lady Rams. Ahead of 
him lies the task of rebuilding a 
team said to be fragmented under 
Sells' authoritarian rule in a 
"tense, hostile environment." 
Several players were considering 
transferring out of VCU. "It's 
going to take some time to before 
they're willing to totally trust 
me," said Glass, although he's 
confident the team will move on. 


New national trials have been 
funded by the National Cancer 
Institute to determine whether 
pre-operative chemotherapy not 
only increases the survival rate of 
breast cancer patients, but also 
reduces the extent of surgery 
required. VCU's MCV Hospitals 


is a site for these trials, and Dr. 
Harry Bear, chair of surgical 
oncology, is the national chair of 
the study which includes 200 sites 
in the United States and Canada 
and more than 2,000 women. 

"Eventually," Bear says, "what 
we want to see is that almost no 
one with breast cancer will need a 
mastectomy, regardless of the 
initial size of her tumor." 


The need is multiplying for ele- 
mentary and middle school 
teachers with expanded mathe- 
matics and science training. VCU 
has a long record of collaborative 
innovations in math-science 
teaching, statewide and farther. 
Recognizing that, the National 
Science Foundation has recently 
awarded a $5 million grant to the 
Virginia Urban Corridor Teacher 
Preparation Collaborative 
centered at VCU. The five-year 
project is designed to improve all 
aspects of K-8 teacher preparation 
and renew science and mathemat- 
ics courses taken by non-science 

"We're looking for new and 
exciting ways of introducing 
future educators to math and 
science," says Dr. Reuben Farley, 
VCU mathematician and princi- 
pal investigator for the grant. "We 
want to generate enthusiasm that 
can be transferred to students in 
their early school years." 


An eight-year, multimillion dollar 
study of schizophrenia has paid 
off: A team of researchers from 
VCU and Ireland have discovered 
conclusive evidence confirming 
the location of a specific gene 
which contributes to the risk of 
schizophrenia in people who 
carry it. 

Grants from the National 
Institute of Mental Health sup- 
ported VCU researchers probing 
the genetic basis for one of the 
most debilitating of all psychiatric 
disorders. The role of heredity in 
schizophrenia has long been 
under evaluation. But until now, 
scientists had not been able to 
confirm the genetic link, which 
has held back eftbrts to clone 
specific genes for laboratory 
research to develop improved 

"We've turned on a light in 
a very dark room," said 

Dr. Kenneth Kcndlcr, professor 

of psychiatry and psychiatric 
genetics who reported the 


I hate to 
leave. You 
couldn't ask 
lor a better life 
and career," 
s.ivs Dr. 
Hardy '62MS/ 
28 years at 
VCU — most of them spent as 
dean of the School of 
Rehabilitation Counseling or later 
as chairman of the department. 
Hardy, 57, retired luly 1. "About 
five years ago," he says, "Art 
School Dean Murry DePillars 
took a straw poll of deans and 
chairmen. As nearly as he could 
find out, I had been at VCU the 

Under Hardy's direction, the 
department developed many 
courses in rehabilitation and 
served a flourishing evening 
college and a weekend program 
for working professionals. "In 
1972, we offered the first addic- 
tion courses in the country." 
From the first state grant of 
$1 10,000, the department has 
brought $6.5 million to the uni- 
versity over the last 20 years. 
Their work has become even 
more effective recently because of 
collaboration with other universi- 
t)' experts at the Center for Drug 
and Alcohol Studies. The Center's 
director, pharmacologist Dr. 
Robert Balster, says, "Obviously, 
Dr. Hardy's leadership in support 
of ADR is very important." 

Hardy and his faculn- pub- 
lished the first and other major 
textbooks in the field, and have 
consulted around the world. "I've 
consulted in South Africa, Kenya, 
Brazil, Peru — and in both Iraq 
and Iran. It's been a great experi- 

Today, Hardy is concerned 
that "substance abuse wiU get 
even worse. Many drugs, like 
meta-amphetamines can he made 
at home. More drugs are pouring 
into the country from Latin 
America and elsewhere. And 
there's a lot of societal discontent 
and distress," he says. "Everybody 
needs to have a 'castle on the 


Dr. Thelma Sara Biddle, a retired assrstant profe^vir of hUtory at VCU 
died May 29 at a Richmond nursing home. Dr. Biddle joined the tuff of 
RPI thirty years ago in 1966. After her retirement in 1986 she continued 
to teach courses as an adjunct professor at VCU. 

"God called me to be a teacher," Biddle remembered in 1986. "And I 
followed the call." That was back in middle schorjl. Her teaching career 
took her to Thomas Dale and Mcadowbrook High SchooU before deliver- 
ing her to VCU. 

"Long before values became a code word, Dr. Biddle was instilling 
them in her students through her teaching and her life," says Dr. William 
Blake Ir., her former department chair at VCU. "She was a model of hard 
work, and personal and public integrity." 


\irginius Dabney, whose name rings familiar to more 
than a few journalists and readers, died December 28, 
1 995. The retired Richmond Times- Dispatch editor and 
Pulitzer Prize-winning author made a national reputa- 
tion for himself as far back as 1932 with the publica- 
tion of his first book. Liberalism in the South. In 1968, 
a year before he retired from the Times-Dispatch, 
Dabney was named the first rector of the Board of 
Visitors of VCU which was formed by the merger of .VIC\' and Richmond 
Professional Institute. 

His retirement, at age 67, allowed him to return to his studies as a his- 
torian and led to more books that bolstered his reputation as an eloquent 
southern writer — including a history of VCU. In 1986 Dabney was 
inducted to VCU's Mass Communications Hall of Fame. In 1992, 
Richmond Newspapers Inc. and Media General Inc. endowed the Dabnes' 
Distinguished Professorship in journalism. (See page 14 for an interview 
with 1996 Dabney Professor, Carl Crothers '79BS/MC.) 


Poet, writer and teacher Larrv' Levis died on May 9 of a heart attack at 49. 
Levis joined the English Department faculty in 1992 and direaed the 
MFA program in Creative Writing fi-om 1993-95. Levis became well 
known in the literary world as his achievements mounted, and he was a 
valued colleague and mentor at VCU. His book.The Afterlife, won the 
Lamont Poetry Prize from the .American .\cademy of Poets, and he 
received fellowships from the National Endowment for the .\rts and the 
Guggenheim Foundation. 

Even more than most poets, Levis looked at death. In Afterlife., he 
imagined his own. 

My friends stop laughing, they listen 

to the ivind in a room in Fresno, to the Hind 

of this page, which is theirs. 

which is blank . . . 

I will not have written these words, 

I ivill be that silence slipping around the bend 

in the river. . . 

Friends, family and students will hold a memorial ser^^ce in 

earlv November. 




FALL 1996 

The department 

f d a n c e and 


and its once 

and future 

chairs are 

Chris Bumside '69BFA the artist is well 
known for his "movement monologues," 
stories told in words, cloaked in the 
language of dance. Chris Burnside the 
administrator has demonstrated that in 
any arena, he is a versatile and com- 
manding performer. 

On a damp, mildewed afternoon, 
Burnside sits in his defiantly colorful 
office discussing what the past five years 
have meant to him and to the depart- 
ment. Boxes and papers are everywhere. 
In spite of the unsettled state of affairs, 
Burnside exudes a relaxed control that he 
probably exercises Uke a set of muscles. 

The discipline and focus essential to 
the artist have served Bumside well as 
chairman. "Organizing, prioritizing, and 
communicating" were already in his 
repertoire. "As an administrator I had to 
expand them." Outside his studio, 
Burnside had to adjust to constant inter- 
ruptions. "Administration is an incredi- 
bly fractured process. From the time you 
come m until the time you leave, you're 
multi-tasking. I had to expand the left 
side of my brain. For a long time, I felt I 
had a growth there," he laughs. 

Bumside has been with the depart- 
ment for 11 of its 15 years and is under- 
standably proud of what has been 
achieved in its short lifespan. During his 
five years as chairman, the department 
acquired a briUiant new performance 
space and significant grant awards. 
Faculty and students earned a national 
reputation for excellence, winning grants 
and awards at the American College 
Dance Festival and elsewhere. 

How? "When I took this position, I 
concentrated on honest, strong commu- 
nication within the department and 
building a sense of community. If I was 
able to get a lot done it was because 

people allowed me to lead." 

"What makes us unique," he 
continues, "is that we offer a BFA 
in both dance and choreography. 
Not many places do. There are few 
arenas in which a choreographer 
can experiment and explore for 
eight semesters." In a place like 
New York, it's sink or swim, he 

says. "There is no opportunity to 

fail. But it is very important for an 
artist to take risks." 

In addition to teaching dance 
history and choreography, "we 
train technically proficient dancers, 
" Burnside notes. "The technical 
level of training is higher than it has 
ever been — and dancers have the 
freedom to develop an individual 
style." In his student days, "it was 
'monkey see, monkey do."' 

After years of performing in 
makeshift or borrowed spaces, the 
department has the new Grace 
Street Theater, custom-designed 
for dancers — with ampleinput 
fi-om Bumside. Having performed 
on body-torturing stages himself, 
he askedfor and got a "sprung" — 
or resilient — stage that wfll prevent 
injuries. "Most theaters itj our 
country are designed for ftieatrical 
or musical companies — not 
dancers.'' These stages built on 
wooden beams or concrete bases 
can be brutal on a dancer's bones 
and muscles. The newly renovated 
theater is hospitable to the viewer 
as well. Its raked seating puts per- 
formers in full view of the 

Also under Burnside, the 
department received more than 
$650,000 in commitments. The 





largest is a multi-year grant from the E. 
Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter 
Foundation, which funds artists-in-resi- 
dence and scholarships. Leading dance 
companies — Paul Taylor, Martha 
Graham, Bella Lewitzky, and Doug 
Varone — have performed in Richmond 
as a result. In addition to performances, 
guest artists offer master classes for VCU 
dance students during residencies that 
range from several days to many months. 
After 33 students rehearsed with the 
Martha Graham company (whose 
manager is Clint White '93BS/H&S), 
Burnside was elated. "They walked away 
with the experience of performing in a 
work by one of the genius artists of the 
century." | 

Locally, Burnside has formed a close 
relationship for VCU v/ith the Richmond 
Ballet and personally cdibrdinated a 
benefit of the area's best performers to 
support AIDS' research. ; 

Teacher/choreographer/dancer I 
Martha Curtis, on the dance faculty since 
1989, assumed the chair when Burnside 
returned to teaching. NKt an easy act to | 
foUow. "We begged Chns to continue 
into the sunset, but he insisted on 
leaving," says Curtis, w ho accepted a 
one-year appointment. 

Curtis and her husband, Wdeo artist ( 
Bruce BerryhiU, are \ ideo \ isionaries. 
Her course in xddeo-choroographN' 
'attracts students inconimunication arts 
and design, sculpture, mass commimica- 
tion, theater, business and psycholog)' as 
well as dance. "Television is a medium in 
which dance is under-represented," she 
maintains. When she did a video broad- 
cast nationally on PBS, Curtis heard 
from many people who said they'd never 
seen a dance performance. Curtis's new 
video dance work, "On the Trax," pre- 

miered at the American Dance Festival in 
June. It will be screened at Grace Street 
Theater September 27 and on Richmond 
public television this year. Three alumni 
dance in the piece, which is based on 
the paintings of Giorgio de Chirico. 
Burnside, a confessed "computer skep- 
tic" believes his successor's computer 
and video interest will be a strong asset. 

"Chris has created a community of 
respect and discipline and good commu- 
nication," says Curtis. "I feel deeply chal- 
lenged to continue the things he has 
started." She wiU emphasize Carpenter 
Foundation concerts and residencies, 
national student recruitment, and effec- 
tive use of the Grace Street Theater. And 
Curtis feels strongly that her primary 
responsibilityis to the students, "to make 
this the best BFA program possible." 

Burnside is looking forward to his 
new role. "When I leave my desk here 
and return to teaching, I'll hear the new, 
emerging voices of you^ artists, and 
share in their excitemeiit at saying what 
is unique to tkem. I'm messed to feel a 
part of their flocess." i 

"It's a con^ant juggSig act to keep 
aMve both an |dministr^ve job and a 
physical art fcffm,'' he r^iects. "I want to 
get back to th| studio \\pile I still ha\e 
the legs. The ftrough-lifce identin- 1 ha\e 
in my life as aS artist is feaker.' I hope I 
will ne\'er stop making. 



Dance 1996-97 at Grace Street Theater 

"On the Trax" Screening 
Septmeber 27, 8 pm 

Shane O'hara 
October 19, 8 pm 

Fall Student Informal 

November 4, 7 pm 

Korean Mash Dance 

November 11, 7 pin 


Fall Senior Projects 

November 22-25. 8 pm 

Student-Faculty Dance Concert 

February 20-25 

Paul Taylor Dance Company 

March 25, 8 pm, [C(k>enter Center] 



Spring Senior Projects 

April p-20. 
8 pith 

Spring Student 

\piU 27, 7 pm 

F .1 I L 10 9 6 

- Il 


This summer and fall, political campaign 
hoopla is taking the spotlight and spitting 
out the news bites. In the meantime, services 
are still delivered, policy is still being shaped. 
That takes long-term dedication and 
applied intelligence. 

VCU alumni in public policy and admin- 
istration are in the news and behind the 
xrtinga multi-level influence on 
|ve live. A law student takes the 
fhat-be in his own political party to 
pme Court with a case that changes 
■ure of a state's political conven- 
'edicated lobbyist works with the 
•s who set America s foreign policy, 
re fast-lane innovators — literally 
fido graduate has put in place an 
'ay toll taker that brings to mind 
UPC scanners at the local supermarket. At 
the other end of the spectrum, a Richmonder 
sets policies on aging that will be in place 
when the baby boomers retire. 

And finally, we talk with a PhD candidate 
who will take American methods home to 
solve problems in Saudi Arabia. 

li sira, iiEi 

Fortis Morse '9iM/H&S 

"I'm a lifelong Republican," says Fortis 
Morse. "I campaigned for Ronald 
Reagan when I was in the tMrd grade. I 
got married in the Republican House in 
Ripon, Wisconsin, where the party was 

The past chairman of the Lawn 
Graduate Republicans at the University 
of Virginia is an unlikely candidate to 
have taken the Republican Party of 
Vii-ginia to the Supreme Court. Morse 
had only $30 in his checking account 
when he went to register for the 1994 
Virginia Republican convention that 
nominated Oliver North for Senate. 
Party officials refused to vraive the $45 
registration fee. 

Morse, a law student at the time, 
borrowed the money to attend the con- 
vention from a friend He later brought 
suit on behalf of himself and two class- 
mates who said the fee deterred them 
from attending the convention. The 
three characterized the $45 as an illegal 
poll tax and said that the practice of 
charging a fee should have been submit- 
ted to the Justice Department for review 
under the Voting Rights Act. In Morse 
vs. Republican Party of Virginia, the U.S. 
Supreme Court ruled in his favor on 
March 27, 1996. 

In Morse's opinion, "It's a big win for 
the Republican Party. Now it's going to 
be a stronger, bigger, better party because 
more people can participate." 
Morse considers his background essen- 
tial to understanding the motivation 
behind the suit He's from Pearisburg, a 



small town in mountainous GOes 
County, which borders West Virginia. "I 
feel very shaped by the mountains and 
the mountain people," he says. "1 think 
we have a reputation for being indepen- 
dent thinkers and not persons who 
blindly follow a policy. 

"The term is 'Mountain/Valley 
Republicans,' those people who under- 
stood what it was to be a minority party 
when the Byrd Democrats dominated 
politics in Virginia for so long. We ended 
many of the nefarious practices that kept 
people from voting. It's interesting that I 
would be involved in a poU tax struggle 
after college. Republicans in the sixties 
successfully sued the State of Virginia 
over the state poll tax." 

Morse's speech reflects his political 
science major as well as the history he 
minored in at VCU. He confesses to 
having been slightly intimidated when 
he started law school at UVA. "But once 
I got over the initial shock of being in 
classes with folks from Harvard and Yale, 
and folks that had just done so much, I 
found that I was very well prepared by 
my years at VCU." 

Morse took a year ofi^ from law 
school to get married. He is currendy 
living in Madison, Wisconsin while his 
wife finishes medical school. 
Morse, whose first name, "Fortis," means 
"strength" in Latin, is fervent in 
simiming up the experience of going 
before the Supreme Court. "It's been 
very humbling for me as a law student to 

see the tradition and the power that 
exudes from that building and that 
august body. I^awyers are noted for 
becoming cynical. There's much in the 
law that can make you cynical. This suit 
and the success I had as an individual, 
politically powerless plaintiff — to find 
excellent legal representation and to 
change an illegal practice — has gone a 
long way toward restoring my faith and 
maintaining my faith that our justice 
system works well." 

Fran Katz '86BA/H&S 

On the telephone, Fran Katz sounds 
driven and intense. It's exacdy what 
you'd expect from a 32-year-old 
Washington womderkind, the Deputy 
Political Director of the American Israeli 
Public Affairs Committee — AIPAC — 
"the political voice of the American 
Jewish community." Except that it's after 
10 p.m. on Friday night. 

She kept the same schedule at VCU. 
"I worked all through college — I didn't 
go to bars at night, and I went to the 
library on the weekends. I was there 
when it opened at 9 a.m. on Saturday 
and at 11 on Sunday morning." 

Katz had to cram seven day's studying 
into the weekend because of full-time 
work with Virginia's Democratic party. 
VCU's Bob Holsworth steered her 
toward the job. "When I went to college 
I wanted to study political science and 
eventually come to Washington. I asked 
Bob how can I get involved and find 
out if I like it? He said go down to the 
state capitol and start volunteering. My 
Jewish heritage and my intuition said go 
to the Democratic party. I started volun- 
teering and loved it. Then they started 
paying me." 

In 1984, as a sophomore, she was the 
liaison between Edy Harrison's Senate 
race and the state party. "I worked with 
all the state party chairs. Nobody ever 
knew I was in school or how old I was. I 
did amazing things that people my age 
shouldn't ha\'e done — and I wouldn't 
have done them if Bob didn't say, 'Go, 
see if you like it.'" 


Her senior year was marked by her 
father's terminal illness. "I was going 
home on weekends to take care of him. 
He died in January of '86. 1 was 21 years 
old. His death had an enormous imp)act. 
I think it gave me an iimer strength that 
allowed me to do a lot of the things I 
have done since I've been in Washington. 
It's fimny, because he hated the fact that I 
was going to go into politics. He wanted 
me to study business so I could be suc- 
cessfijl and send my kids to college and 
do all the things he hadn't done for us. 
He thought I was going to be poor all my 
Ufe. I proved him wTong." 

Katz returned home to Norfolk after 
graduation. "I needed to help my mother 
and had zero money." She quickly 
foimd work — in politics. "I worked on 
Chven Pickett's congressional race, 
kno\\ing that if he won I would come 
with him to ^Vashington, \vbidi is, in 
tact, exactly what hapf>ened." 

At 23, Katz was too yoimg to be 
Pickett's Chief of Staff; but "I wanted to 
do more. I telt like I ^\~asn"t growing." 
Her next job was \sith Les .\spin. "T w^as 
his political f>erson. I ne\'er learned more 
in my life. He was an amazing man and 
an amazing teacher. I was thrust into 
staff meetings with people twice my age. 
It was a lite-altering experience." 

She started at .\IP.\C four years ago. 
"We're single issue," saw Katz. "\Ve onh- 
focus on Israel. One of our main fiinc- 
tions is educating and reaching out to 

F .\ I L 19 9 6 

new members of Congress on both sides 
of the aisle. Everything we do is based on 
a personal relationship. The morning 
after the '94 election we were the only 
organization in the country that could 
say we knew every single new member of 
Congress. And we've spent the last two 
years building those relationships." 

She declines comment on the recent 
Israeli election — ^AIPAC didn't take a 
position — ^but emphasizes an ongoing 
concern with the peace process. "We're 
an American organization. We're 
focused on what is in America's best 
interest for Israel." She mentions main- 
taining Israel's foreign aid and combat- 
ing Iranian terrorism. "And, obviously, 
we need to continue to strengthen the 
strategic relationship between the two 

She doesn't foresee leaving AIPAC. "I 
really believe that I make change. I do 
things that change the world that we live 
in — and, I think, make it a better place. 
That's all I ever wanted to do when I was 
growing up." 

Harold Worrall '92DPA/H&S 

"The significance of the public steward- 
ship and the public trust," says Harold 
Worrall, summing up lessons learned 
from his doctoral studies at VCU. 
"Sometimes, regardless of your job state- 
ment, and regardless of the political pres- 
sures, you just have to be willing to say, 
in a very professional and diplomatic 
way, that you're not going to do some- 
thing. It's very hard to do when your job 
is on the line. 

"During the eighties I was asked to 
sign a contrart, for x dollars a gallon, for 
a substance for which I couldn't deter- 
mine the cost. I was pretty much ordered 
to do it and still refused. I did not lose 
my job over it and the person above me 
finally ended up signing — even though 
legally he couldn't, he did. They pur- 
chased the produrt and it turned out to 
be extraordinarily substandard." 

"You must have really felt vindicat- 

"Actually not — I wish they hadn't 
done it. I v^sh they hadn't done it 

because it cost the public some money." 

Worrall is Executive Dirertor of the 
Orlando-Orange County (Florida) 
Expressway Authority. According to his 
resume, "The Authority collects approxi- 
mately $80 million in revenue annually 
with projections of $100 million within 
three years. The expressway system 
includes 81 centerline miles of four-lane 
controlled access highway." Their next 
project is the "Western Beltway," which 
will be 27 miles long and cost around 
$500 million. Ninety-two percent of 
the traffic is commuters, a figure that's 
surprising in an area famous for Disney 
and Universal. 

One fourth of the tolls are collected 
electronically. "The EPASS system is a 
cash card approach to toll collection," 
says Worrall. Underground antennas at 
the toll plazas pick up radio signals from 
transponders mounted underneath 
vehicles. "We deduct the toll from the 
driver's credit card. Right now, we have 
some 65,000 transponders out. We're 
distributing about 750 a week." 

Worrall has headed the Expressway 
Authority since May, 1992. Before that 
he was the Assistant Secretary of Finance 
and Administration for the Florida 
Department of Transportation. He has 
held similar positions in Utah and 
Virginia. His voice radiates satisfaction 
when he talks about his move from 
Florida's DOT to the Expressway 
Authority. "I liken it to the move from a 
battleship to a PT boat." Florida's DOT 
has a $3 bUlion dollar budget. "I had 

2500 people reporting to me. You spend 
all your time on the bureaucracy rather 
than in accomplishing things." 

Thirty-two people report to Worrall 
at the Expressway Authority. "We can 
change directions and get things done." 
He cites the example of a recent initiative 
involving women and minorities. "In 
our view, the old percentage program 
doesn't work. It does not create local 
women and minority business enter- 
prise. What it does is get you a certain 
amount of the money spent on women 
and minorities — and not necessarily 
local. Also, it does not create businesses 
because they are typically subcontractors 
to a prime. 

"We wanted businesses that were 
prime contractors. So we set about 
putting together a program called 
"Business Development." We hired a 
person in to run that with the thought in 
mind that we're not after percentages — 
we're after the creation of local women's 
and minority business enterprises. Well, 
we contracted out all of our maintenance 
work — which was one of things we 
decided to do and just did. By a strictly 
low bid process we got over 38 percent 
local women and minority business 

"That's the kind of thing we do here 
and I'm just delighted with it." 

Thelma Bland '88MS/AH(G) 

Thekna Bland, Commissioner of the 
Virginia Department for the Aging, finds 
the roots of her profession in her rural 
childhood. "I grew up on a farm in 
Prince George County," she says. "My 
family was always involved in caring for 
loved ones." Her family took care of her 
grandparents, a disabled cousin and 
uncle. "There was even a step-grandfa- 
ther my mother cared for. I think all that 
had an impact on me. My grandparents 
represented a real positive role model for 
us. There were a lot of opportunities for 
us to share between the generations. I've 
always seen aging as something very 
positive and I've always found it reward- 
ing to work with people of different 



As a nine-year-old, she prepared and 
served meals for her bedridden grand- 
mother. "We all pitched in. She died at 
home, which is what she wanted to do." 
Her family's contrasting experience with 
her step-grandfather opened her eyes to a 
common caregiving dilemma. "His con- 
dition was more severe than my grand- 
mother's. It became too much of a strain 
on the family to keep him at home. My 
mother was really good at understanding 
where the line was." The family made the 
decision to put him in a nursing home. 
"It made me realize that a range of long 
term care services have to be in place." 

Today, Bland is still concerned with 
the same issues. Statewide, her depart- 
ment works with 22 Area Agencies on 
Aging. "We deliver 26 services, the 
majority of which are long term care 
services designed to keep people at 
home. In many of the cases our services 
mean that a caregiver will continue to be 
able to hold down a job." The services 
include home-delivered meals and adult 
day care. "In some cases individuals are 
able to remain home instead of having to 
go into some type of institution. But 
what I'm describing is only a part of a 
long term care structure. Everybody can't 
stay home. We also have programs that 
help family members select nursing 

Bland's job has a built-in growth 
factor. "In 1990 there were 909,906 
Virginians age 60 and older. By 2010 that 
number will increase to 1.3 mOlion." The 
following year — 20 11 — is when the baby 
boomers start retiring. "Policies and pro- 
cedures have to be in place for our state's 

aging population," she says again. 

"In addition to working on policy 
issues, during any given day we are also 
looking at ways to better deliver our 
services. I also get a lot of opportunities 
to meet directly with older people them- 
selves and their families. I really enjoy 
the mix of working on policy issues, 
delivering services, and hearing people 
say what they need directly. I try to keep 
them in mind as we make policy deci- 
sions here." 



Abdulkarim Al-Nahas 

Abdulkarim Al-Nahas has come a long 
way. And not just from his home in 
Saudi Arabia. His dissertation on ethical 
dilemmas in policy analysis will be the 
end product of a five-year process. 

"I started VCU in 1991." He sounds 
weary, looking back. "I was 26 and I 
think I was the youngest in the 
program." The older students were 
mosdy in their 40s, and had first-hand 
experience in public policy. "There was a 
gap between me and the people I studied 
with. In class, even if I was familiar with 
the reading material, I had some difficul- 
ty. Especially the first year was very diffi- 

Even after his course work and his 
comprehensive exam, "instead of feeHng 
comfortable I got a different type of 
pressure. 'When am I going to finish? I 
want to finish!'" 

He may be in a hurry, but Al-Nahas 
did not choose questions with eas\' 
answers for his dissertation. "WTiat do 
you do if your supenisor asks you to fab- 
ricate an analysis so he or she can defend 
their position? WTiat if your supervisor is 
interested in a bad polio.'? What if you 
think a poHq' is good, but \'our anal\'sis 
doesn't support it?" 

"This is a theoretical thesis," Al-Nahas 
emphasizes. But he will be interviewing 
polic)' analv'sts in the field to talk about 
these questions from their own experi- 
ence. One Lnter\iew echoes a stor)' 
Harold Worrall shares in this article. .Al- 
Nahas sa)-s, "The person I spoke to was 
hesitant, until I told him this is all theo- 
retical — no details. He told me about a 
time a supervisor asked him to change 


the figures in an analysis." The analyst 
refused to do it, and the supervisor sug- 
gested that he should find a job some- 
where else. "He was serious about it," 
says Al-Nahas. "He told me he was 
cleaning out his desk. Ultimately, the 
analyst did not lose his job, and his boss 
found someone else who would do it" 

Three of his classmates wiio also came 
fi"om Saudi Arabia have earned their 
degrees and gone home, to teach at 
Ryadh's Institute for Public 
Administration. The most important 
poliq' issue in Saudi Arabia, sa>-s Karim, 
is "economic. High unemployment is 
our biggest problem. Polic>' anah-sts have 
to find more jobs for f>eople." One friend 
has left the Institute and now works 
more directiy in the economy for a bank 
in Ryadh. 

"We have to deal with p)olitics in 
Saudi Arabia in a different way, of 
course," he comments, "because it's a 
monarchy. Ever\thing we study here is 
focused on democrac}'. Evervthing is 
within the democratic sv^stem. But the 
techniques, models, and learning here 
can be applied an)"where." 

"It's been stressftil, but I've grown up 
a lot," he sail's. "It's not just memorizing 
the books and taking the exams," he sav-s. 
"It's interaction with people and learning 
from their exi>eriences." 

The older students who %\"ere once 
intimidating are now trusted mentors 
and friends. "Some of them are ven,' 
wise," he continues. "It gives tou a difio'- 
ent perspective. Dealing with these 
people makes you learn about life." 

"E - : -E= WHO LIVES IN 

ALL 1996 



Webpages, Netsites and various online 
newspapers and magazines are material- 
izing as political viewpoints in the 
cyberether. What effect do they have on 
the election process? We asked an expert, 
Carl Crothers '79 BS/MC, this year's 
Virginius Dabney Distinguished 
Professor in the School of Mass 
Communications. Crothers was deputy 
managing editor for electronic publish- 
ing at the Tampa Tribune, where he 
direrted its first electronic news service, 
Tampa Bay Online. 

Crothers is now managing editor of 
theWinston-Salem Journal in North 
Carolina, but News and the Net contin- 
ues to be a major theme. He was on 
campus in April to share his experience 
with students in a course in Online 
Media Issues. 

Online news can be a boon to the 
elertion process, Crothers says. "The 
biggest problem created by the media is 
the chararter fights diat overshadow the 
issues. The media focus too intensely on 
the horse race, getting carried away with 
minor details." 

Internet research can be a link back to 
the issues. "Many local, state and 
national government records are stored 
on databases accessible via the Internet. 
The Net is a great tool that allows jour- 
nalists to research candidates' back- 
grounds, including police records, bank- 
ruptcies and other publicly available 

"I find in this country that only a 
minority of voters research candidates," 
he comments. Online newspapers that 
link voters to other Websites for more 
information, and Websites that give 
them easy access to candidates can 
reconnert them to the process. 

"Some papers are uncomfortable with 
taking readers out of their papers to the 
Web for that extra data," Crothers says. 
But he thinks readers will value more the 
papers that do connect them with other 
sites. Online consimiers realize they can 
"customize the news," he says. Media 
used to control the flow of information, 
but technology is shifting that control to 
die consumer in terms of when and how 
news is received, and in how much depth 
I i and breadth. 

So, what's out there now? 
Voters can view screens of informa- 
I = tion at sites like CBS Campaign '96 

which offers current news and poll 
results on Bob Dole and Bill Clinton. 
Information on levels of funding, candi- 
dates' stands on issues and scheduled 
stops on the campaign trail are on site as 
well. Other links like Election 101 in die 
CBS site give readers basic information 
about the process — how delegates are 
selected and how campaigns are 

Crothers adds, "ITie Internet is a two- 
edged sword for candidates. The Net is a 
way to present their complete story, 
issues and speeches, but diere are many 
out there who create sites critical to the 
candidate — and a voter can access it all. 
So, yes a candidate can deliver a message 
directly to potentially millions of voters, 
but he can't control what else the user 
will see. 

"Bob Dole is a good example. At the 
official' Bob Dole Website, you can find 
everything die candidate wants you to 
know about him. His biography, his 
stands on issues, his congressional 
record. But there are at least 12 other 
"Bob Dole" sites, created for a variety of 
purposes, mosdy not helpfiil to the can- 
didate. There are humorous sites, 
parodies, even a site that claims Dole 
uses foreign writing pens. 

"The Net's best political use now is 
probably as a way for elected officials to 
get immediate feedback and ideas from 
constituents. I suspect the President is 
briefed daily on relevant email to the 
White House Home Page." 

Ultimately, Crothers feels, newspa- 
pers should carry into cyberspace the 
ideals that have distinguished diem in 
the analog world. For example, "Linking 
to other sources must be done with 
caution. Newspapers must verify that 
government and other objective databas- 
es are used instead of data sources pro- 
viding veiled pro or con viewpoints." As 
readers become "users" they will still be 
attrarted by traditional sources of credi- 

At this stage, says Crothers, tradition- 
al media are still the best place to look for 
objective information. "I think die Net 
has die potential to make politics more 
relevant and personal to people, but it 
has a ways to go." 


A 1- I li C (1 U R T C O \ .\ t C ■ 



Working alone produces predictable results. Growth can be steady, but the aivironment may 
dess than stimulating. Throw together some folks with similar goals and different specialties, 
f their output grows in new, unexpected ways. The business world calls it synergy. At the 
'■ii'Vrsity, it's known as aoss disciplinary research. 
ke Center for Public Policy (CPP) is a dynamo of synergy for students andfaadty on both 
uses. Its research, service and instruction reach from Richmond to Riyadh. (Seepages 
r "Citizens," alumni in national and international public policy.) 
PP is cross disciplinary by design. VCU's Strategic Plan for restructuring combined 
ograms and created some new ones to make up the Center. Only two years old now, 
is finding partners eager to use its faculty and research facilities. 

thusiasm is contagious," says CPP director, Dr. Robert Holsworth. "Grant and 
'work have increased tremendously The collegial and cooperative spirit thefaadty 

terdisciplinary studies has mushroomed. And Dr. Trani and Dr. Grace Harris, the 
have been extraordinarily supportive. We expected to be successfid, but I think we 
%en pleasantly surprised how quickly the CPP has taken off!' 
Iniajor coup is recruiting former Governor L Douglas Mlder as Distinguished Professor 
%iblic Policy (interview, page 19). Wilder teaches an undergnuiuate policy class and guest 
lectures to students in other departments. "He really makes a significant contribution," says an 
enthusiastic Holsworth. This winter the CPP will sponsor the L Douglas WUder Symposium 
on Race and American Society. The first symposium's focus. Health Care and Medicine, is 
another example of the cross disciplinary emphasis of the CPP. "This is a real signed of how 
quickly we've come so far," says Holsworth. 

It doesn't hurt, of course, that network television news and public radio turn to Holsworth 
himself for analysis of Virginia politics when the rest of the world wants to know. Like the 
Oliver North-Coleman-Robb race two years ago. Virginia is in the public eye and has the 
public ear again this summer and fall for both the Warner (John)-Wamer (Mark) Senate race 
and the presidential election. Holsworth's commentary is backed up by data from the 
Commonwealth Poll run by Dr. Scott Keeter (sidebar; page 17). 


F A I I 19 9 6 

The big news for students at the CPP is the new PhD in Public 
Poliq' and Administration. Areas of concentration are urban 
policy, health policy, state and local government and manage- 
ment — all traditional strengths of VCU as an urban university. 
And they capitalize on expertise from both campuses. 

Dr. Ralph Hambrick guided the transition from the Doctor 
of Public Administration to the expanded PhD. Placing the 
new program in the Center wiU bring students in touch with 
leading faculty from across the university. Working closely with 
their mentors, students can tap into original data sources for 
their dissertations and co-author research for publication. The 
first class started this fall, and Hambrick expects 15-18 students 
per class. 

Graduates from the current DPA generally head in a couple 
of directions. "It's about a 50-50 spUt between government 
and academics," Hambrick says. "For instance, some alumni 
are on Virginia's Joint Legislative Audit and Review 
Commission, and there are faculty members at the University 
of Arizona and East Carolina University from VCU — even 
several at the Institute of Public Administration in Riyadh, 
Saudi Arabia. We already have a good flow of alumni to those 
positions. With the shift I expect the split to continue with 
some more public policy-oriented roles, policy research and 
think tanks in university settings." The director of the new PhD 
program is VCU historian Dr. Mel Urovsky, who won universi- 
ty's faculty Award for Excellence in 1995. 

And the Center's educational support reaches farther. This 
winter, the General Assembly committed funds for two 

programs in the Center's Office of Public Policy Training, 
which is taking over functions Governor Allen had cut from 
Virginia's state personnel ofSce. "We are very excited that the 
state has asked the Center to do this," says Office director Karen 

The Virginia Executive Institute at the Office will provide 
orientation, leadership skills and personal development for 
heads of state agencies, often gubernatorial appointees. They 
will learn how to formulate and implement effective public 
policy, how to use the processes of Virginia government, and 

how to deal with the media and other aspects of their jobs. The 
Center's Commonwealth Management Institute provides lead- 
ership training for middle managers in state government. New 
managers learn how to motivate employees and to assess their 
own leadership talents and weaknesses. Alumni from both 
programs return to support new trainees and to keep their own 
skills and information sharp. 

In fact, the CPP's service and research touch the citizens of 
Richmond and Virginia every day — and provide national 
models for commimity-campus partnerships. Recentiy CPP 
director Holsworth worked with 250 community leaders to 
help the city win a planning grant from the Robert Wood 
Johnson Foundation to plan better ways to deliver health and 
safety services to Richmond's children. 

Holsworth talks about VCU's contribution. "Dr. Jack 
Lanier, chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine and 
Community Health, and myself were part of the steering com- 
mittee that put together this $400,000 grant to show how we 
will address the health and safety of children. Now Richmond is 
in the running to receive a huge infusion of fionds." Of eight 
cities that received planning grants, five wiU be chosen for addi- 
tional funding. "The opportunity and reward for me have really 
been much greater than my individual contribution. The CPP 
is really proud to be a part of that initiative; it brought all differ- 
ent kinds of people together." 

In any line of work there is a tendency to be isolated by 
specialties. At VCU there is also the geographic gap between the 
east and west campuses. Lanier's department on the health 
sciences campus, which has the only graduate level public 
health program in the state, regularly collaborates with the 
CPP. "For us, working wdth the CPP and the Survey Research 
Lab is an opportunity to do research, to gather information 
about at risk populations. We can measure the attitudes and 
expectations of these populations," Lanier says. "The CPP is an 
invaluable resource for our faculty and students." 

American populations are moving, the urban context is 
changing, and only cities on the move will keep up. The 
Virginia Center for Urban Development helps Virginia cities 
and suburbs take control and impose a positive direction on 
inevitable change. In collaborations between university, com- 
munity and government, the Center's analysis and applied 
research will help bring dynamic economic and social life back 
to cities. 

Since the Center was created by the General Assembly in 
1992, its projects have included staffing Governor WUder's 
Advisory Commission on Revitalizing Urban Areas; an analysis 
of riverboat gaming; and a study of the potential impact of 
regional metropolitan government, conducted with VCU's 
Department of Urban Studies and Planning. The Center has 
coordinated faculty who provided business training to the 
resident founders of Household Market, a Richmond project to 
develop small businesses in inner-city neighborhoods. Among 
other projects this simimer, the Center wdU analyze the 







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ported Dv tne Cominonwealtn or Virginia to serve the people or tne Cominonwealtn and tlie nation. Tne Universi- 
ty provides a rertile and stiTniilating environment tor learning, teacning, researcn, creative expression, and pnolic 
service. Essential to tlie lire oi tne University is a faculty actively engag'ed in scliolarsnip and creative exploration— 
actiN-ities tnat increase knowledg'e and understanding oi tne world, and inspire and enricn teacning'. 't* The Univer- 
sity is dedicated to educating nill- and part-time students ol all ag'es and diverse backgrounds in an atmosphere of 
rree inquirj' and scholarship, so they may realize their Kdl potential as intormed, productive citizens with a lifelong 
commitment to learning and service. •!• the University serves the local, state, national, and international commu- 
nities through its scholarly activities, its diverse educational programs, and its puhlic service activities. As an insti- 
tution or higher learning in a metropolitan center that is also the capital of tlie Common-wealth, tlie University 
enjoys unique resources that enrich its programs and offer special opportunities for contriljutmg' its intellectual and 
creative expertise in the development of innovative approaches to meet tlie changing needs of our society. 

Greetings to Alumni and Friends 

Virginia Common- 
wealth University has 
worked dynamically 
with the force of change 
throughout its history. 
VCU's students gain a 
competitive edge as 
they study in innovative 
programs, many of 
which have become 
national leaders. They 
learn from models of 
excellence — faculty and 
graduates who are 
internationally recog- 
nized as leading experts. 
Change is a perpetual 
resource for the benefit 
of our students, 
patients, alumni and 
community partners. 

Now the 21st centu- 
ry presents unprece- 
dented challenges. "A 
Strategic Plan for the 
Future of Virginia 
Commonwealth Uni- 
versity" has realigned 
VCU's strengths to 

prepare students as 
leaders who will seize 
the opportunities 
change creates. They 
will work in diverse and 
interdependent envi- 
ronments. They will 
take interdisciplinary 
approaches to solving 
problems. They need 
training at a leading- 
edge institution with 
the best faculty, pro- 
grams, technology and 
facilities to compete in 
a dramatically different 
work force. 

VCU students need 
more scholarship 
opportunities to gain 
access to a promising 
future. New computing 
and communications 
technologies are vital; 
these must work with 
modern facilities for 
closer student-to-stu- 
dent and student-to- 
faculty relationships in 

teaching as well as 
research. Student life 
and the sense of com- 
munity are reinforce- 
ments for learning that 
will influence gradu- 
ates' participation in 
communities through- 
out the world. Compet- 
itive continuing 
education programs 
must accommodate the 
unique needs of stu- 
dents with jobs and 
families. Such programs 
help working profes- 
sionals adjust or change 
their careers, as well as 
serve older students in 
our communities. 

VCU's world-class 
scientific and medical 
research has advanced 
treatment not only for 
patients in Virginia, but 
for people around the 
globe. We have a 
responsibility to con- 
tinue serving with this 

same high quality. And 
we must continue lead- 
ing the way with a first- 
class infrastructure in 
molecular sciences, 
providing invaluable 
contributions to our 
knowledge of biotech- 

Our campaign to 
close the century, "Part- 
ners for Progress," will 
fuel VCU's bold jour- 
ney ahead. The cam- 
paign goal will be 
announced at the Octo- 
ber kick-off Specific 
needs and goals for 
each school, program 
and division will allow 
them to continue serv- 
ing with the depend- 
able excellence for 
which they are known. 

A fresh perspective 
is so important. As you 
grasp the panoramic 
view of VCU's partner- 
ships, you see individu- 

als adding their dynam- 
ic energies to that of 
the University. Each 
person's contributions 
increase the value of 
the whole. This publi- 
cation gives a bird's-eye 
view of VCU, showing 
only a few of the many 
partnerships that have 
come to help so many 
people, starting with 
the students, faculty 
and alumni of this Uni- 
versity. You or someone 
you know may well be 
among them. 

VCU is a partner 
to whom many turn 
for answers — for career 
questions or community 
problems, and every- 
thing from life-enhanc- 
ing to life-threatening 
situations. We urge you 
to add your own force 
to the future, as an 
active partner with 
VCU today 


Eugene P. Trani 


Virginia Commonwealth University 


Richard T. Robertson, '67 BS/MC 

Warner Brothers Domestic 
Television Distribution 
Chairman, "Partners for Progress" 

IV If I < .1 1 rv I 

I n u II- 

I he i^onls <>i Viij^iiiia ( onmioiiweallli I iiivi-r-iiv _ ^ 

Vcy provide iinuer^rauii.Tle euiicalioii llial intliicle.s a nroaci i\i\(\ rij^Kroiij! (cxiiicLilion in 

humanities, ana cxplorets llie iucati ana value;) of iHiinaiiKind; 

It's a Ciiridiis Wurld 

Our craving for knowledge is basic to life. 
Mysteries, riddles, and puzzles grab our inter- 
est. Every solution recharges us to seek more. 

Curiosity is a vital fuel; we can even lose the 
will to live without it. This enduring part of 
our nature has powered adventures outward to 
chart seas and explore the galaxies. We venture 
beyond inner boundaries, mapping genetic ter- 
rain, or discovering biochemical wonders. 

The arts, sciences, and humanities guide us 
through human nature's complexities. Whatev- 
er avenue we take — philosophy or psychology, 
literature or history — we're pursuing a better 
understanding of ourselves. 



Teaching facult)' in the 
College of Humanities 
& Sciences include 
award-winning authors, 
leaders in scientific 
research, and profes- 
sionals working in their 
respective fields. ( 1 ) 

The undergraduate pro- 
gram in the School of 
Social Work combines 
a liberal arts foundation 
with an integrated class 

and field work curricu- 
lum designed to offer 
students the opportuni- 
ty to acquire a substan- 
tial base in social work 
practice. (2) 

Practical experience 
is the hallmark of the 
School of Education. 
It is also part of the 
Holmes Group, 90 insti- 
tutions in the country 
that have the most pres- 

tigious teacher prepara- 
tion programs. (3) 

The School of Business 
is cited for the devotion 
and excellence of its fac- 
ulty and for the fine bal- 
ance of its professional 
and liberal arts curricu- 
la. It offers undergradu- 
ate, certificate, masters, 
doctorate and executi\e 
education courses. (4) 

4 i 

Home to one of the 
nation's largest profes- 
sional arts programs, 
the School of the Arts 
provides nine visual arts 
and three performing 
arts departments. Stu- 
dents, alumni and facul- 
ty have received 
national and interna- 
tional recognition - 
from Oscars and 
Clios to national jazz 
championships, foreign 
government contracts 
and exchange agree- 
ments. (5) 

VCU's Academic Cam- 
pus culturally enlivens 
Richmond's residential 
Fan District, Vk^here cob- 
blestone and brick flank 
the avenues historic 
buildings. (6) 

The Honors Program 
includes some of VCU's 
brightest and most tal- 
ented students repre- 
senting virtually every 
discipline within the 
University. Many take 
their talents into the 
community while at 
VCU, volunteering 

or working in area 
businesses and organi- 
zations. (7) 

VCU, a member of the 
NCAA Division I and 
the Colonial Athletic 
Association, fields 15 
intercollegiate sports 
with more than 250 stu- 
dent athletes donning 
the Ram black and gold 
each year. VCU's stu- 
dent-athletes are com- 
mitted to excellence 
both on the field and in 
the classroom. (8) 

Id (.•vp.iiKl Inc Ixniiiclaric^ of l<i)(jwlcU(^c' and iiii(leret<inuJiit^ lliron -'li ii -i .irrli 
expression in tne sciences, arts, lininaiiities, uiul lli 

lu.l.i riliip. .mil • 

Seeking Order and Excitement 

Learning is basic to our survival as 
well as to improving our lives: The 
structural guidance we seek through 
science helps us to make and adapt 
to change. 

In 1995-96, 832 
students enroUed in 
programs offered by 
the School of Allied 
Health Professions. 
More than 72 percent 
of allied health students 
are studying at the 
graduate level. ( 1 ) 

The new Pharm.D pro- 
gram, in the School of 
Pharmacy, offers gradu- 
ates who wish to spe- 
cialize the opportunity 

to take advantage of 
fellowships, residencies, 
and postgraduate 
programs. (2) 

VCU's Medical College 
of Virginia (MCV) 
Campus is the vibrant 
health sciences complex 
adjacent to the cit)''s 
business, governmental, 
and financial districts. It 
has been a vital partner 
in helping Virginians to 
meet their health care 

needs for over ISOyears. 
In 1995, MCV Hos- 
pitals cared for more 
than 31,000 inpatients 
and had more than 
110,000 emergencN' 
room visits. More than 
390,000 outpatients also 
visited MC\TI clinics. 
The 3,000 students on 
the MCV Campus con- 
tribute $6.9 million 
annually in local 
spending. (3) 

The School of Medicine 
received a record 5,298 
applications for 1995-96 
and conducted more 
than 900 on-site inter- 
\iews of prospective 
students. Medical facul- 
U' attracted more than 
S57.2 million in spon- 
sored program funding 
last year, representing 68 
percent of all sponsored 
awards to \'CU. (4) 

In its first year, the 
School of Dentistn's 
Mobile Oral Health 

Clinic pro%'ided dental 
ser%ices to more than 
3,200 indigent and 
uninsured, traveling 
5,000 miles to 21 
Mrgjnia localities. (5) 

Graduates of the School 
of Nursing's \\ eekend 
Graduate Nurse Practi- 
tioner program pro^'ide 
primary- care to rural 
and underserved p>opu- 
lations throughout 
Mrginia. (6) 

To support, tlirou^K its conunitnient to public exniLitions, pertormances, and. other cultural activities, 

tKe imaginative power or the lioeral, visual, ana pel-forming' arts to express tne protlenis ana 

aspirations ol liumanity ana to enricli tJie lives or incliviauals; 

Learning is tne Journey 

Over the millennia, those with 
experience, knowledge, and vision 
have guided others. Together we've 
sought answers to our endless 
questions. . . 

Where does this illness come 
from?. . . Behavioral genetics 
research marks the road to well- 
ness with scientific facts. The 
painstaking work helps remove 
superstitious stigma from schizo- 
phrenia by charting chromosomal 

differences that may cause the 
brain to hallucinate voices or 
feelings of fear — and this research 
makes psychiatry a more exact 
science. (1) 

How can we lessen this pain and 
suffering?. . . With a round-the- 
clock team of caregivers at the 
MCV Hospitals, a Level One 
Trauma Center. As ambulance 
and helicopter crews deliver the 
patients, beepers summon 
internists, surgeons, nurses, social 
workers and chaplains to MCVH's 

emergency room — the 16th 
busiest, and the second largest, 
m the nation. Some 1 10,000 ER 
patients each year — of all ages, 
all incomes — are victims of crises 
that range from heart attacks or 
sexual violence, to auto and 
firearm accidents; MCV Campus 
medical experts deliver whatever 
the situation demands. Patients 
get the best, as do graduates of 
the Department of Emergency 
Medicine, who are fully prepared 
to provide excellent critical care 
at a moment's notice. (2) 



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When will these markets favor our 
product?. ..Electronic learning and 
research tools at VCU put the 
world on a fiber-optic string. 
Through interactive communica- 
tions at the School of Business, 
distance-learning lets students 
gain "first-mover advantage" as 
new international markets open. 
From the Pacific Coast, through 
the Rocky Mountains, and across 
the Atlantic Ocean, they connect 
electronically with others at uni- 
versities in the United States, the 
United Kingdom, and Northern 
Ireland. No jet lag for them — and 
no rush-hour frenzy for metropol- 

itan MBA students working at sur- 
rounding counties' businesses. 
Courses arc piped in to their office 
buildings. (3) 

Which art best expresses my joy 
and sadness?. ..The possibilities are 
vast because the community has 
one of the nation's top 25 graduate 
arts schools in its midst. The 
School of the Arts' dance and 
choreography department perfor- 
mances excite audiences in the 
refurbished Grace Street Theater... 
the music department offers its 
highly respected VCU Jazz Orches- 
tra, numerous orchestral, guitar. 

operatic and choral performances. 
Close interactions with Rich- 
mond's cultural venues include 
the Richmond Symphony, the 
Virginia Museum of Une Arts, 
the Richmond Ballet, and theatre 
groups. Students learn from 
internationally respected visiting 
artists who come to campus, many 
of them VCU graduates. (4) And 
its Community School for the 
Performing Arts nurtures talented 
young beginners in drama and 
music, as well as prodigies such as 
14-year-old violinist Sonya Chung, 
who performed on campus with 
the Richmond Philharmonic. (5; 

Tit develop iiuiovative prog'rams for continuing education that establisli permanent intellectual connections Between 
tke University ana its constituents, ennance proressional competence, and promote dialogue on public issues; 

Discovering Opportunities and Cnallenges 

Our incredible success at solving 20th-century 
problems has led us to exciting 21st-century 
opportunities and challenges. We live longer, 
communicate faster, change our careers and 
homes more frequently than ever before. 

As our numbers grow and our cultures com- 
bine, the world seems a smaller place, one where 
limited resources must serve continuing needs. 
The caU is to do more with less — less time, as 
well as money. With innovation and resource- 
fulness as hallmarks of the VCU tradition, this 
flexible strength allows timely response to 
arising societal problems and issues. 



^r-. EEE0 . 

The Ad Center ( 1 ) and 
the 21st Century News 
Center (2) in VCU s 
School of Mass Com- 
munications are geared 
to fully prepare students 
for the lightning-fast 
media world's changes. 
The school's advisory 
board members — 
including Spencer 
Christian of ABC News, 
Jeffrey Birnbaum of 

Time Magazine and 
William E. Ahearn of 
AP News, New York — 
are among the many 
human assets working 
to make VCU the 
nation's premier place 
to study communica- 
tions. Ad agency leaders 
for NIKE, Coca-Cola, 
Mercedes-Benz, Sony 
and Sprint sit on the Ad 
Center's advisory board. 

while students learn 
from a distinguished 
faculty whose talents 
have attracted all the 
awards the industry has 
to bestow. The News 
Center's mission is to 
train journalism stu- 
dents and retrain career 
journalists from all 
over the world in its 
advanced technological 

The latest advances in science and 
medicine can seem overwhelming, 
with their rapid changes and com- 
plex new terms. For major health 
and job decisions, keeping current 
can mean a world of difference. 
VCU's public programs let us all 
keep learning, whatever our ages 
or fields in life may be. VCU's 
Non-Traditional Studies program 
offers flexibility to returning stu- 
dents and undergraduates. 

All ages of the public fill 
each nine-week Mini- 
Med School program at 
the Science Museum of 
Virginia. (3) Whether 
broaching cancer or 
genetic engineering, 
MCV Campus experts 
known for their latest 
research in medical and 
scientific journals put 
the skids on jargon to 
speak in plain English. 
The hot concept fol- 
lowed its catalyst, Dr. 
Bruce Fuchs, assistant 

professor of pharmacol- 
ogy and toxicology, 
while he was "on loan" 
to the NIH for two 
years to get similar pub- 
lic programs running 
elsewhere in the coun- 
try. And VCU's Mini- 
Engineering School 
used the same boiler- 
plate when the pursuit 
of an engineering career 
in Central Virginia was 
merely a gleam in the 
community's eye. 

Health services, busi- 
ness services, and 
social services are 
e.xpected to account 
for almost one of 
every two jobs added 
to the economy dur- 
ing the 1994-2005 
period. Of the 10 
fastest growing 
industries, nine 
belong to one of 
these three industry 

Bureau of Labor Statistics 


About 90 percent of 
VCU's MBA graduates 
find jobs within two 
months after gaining 
their degrees. \'CU is 
the area's major source 
of skilled professionals 
for a variety of reasons. 
With all of the Rich- 
mond-based Fortune 
500 represented on the 
School of Business ad\i- 
sory boards, companies 
get the best work force 
because they partner 
with educators to devel- 
op the training and 
expertise their employ- 
ees need. Through 
approximately 150 paid 
co-ops and internships 
each vear, students gain 
valuable experience at 
priwite companies as 
well as goverrmient 
agencies. (4) 

Some of VCU's 
Student Intern 


Allied Signal 



CSX Ojrpcjration 

Cadmiu Communicaliom 

Catholic Charilio 

Central Fidelity Bank 

Century 21 

Circuit City 

City of Richmond 

Combined Technologies 


of Virginia 
Crestar Bank 
Ernst & Young 
Federal Reserve Bank 

of Richmond 
First Health Services 
G. £. Lighting 
Health Communications 

Innsbrook Group 
I.e. Pennev- 

James River Corporation 
Kellogg Corporation 
KPMG Peat .\larwick 
Kraft Foods 
Lawyers Title 
The Restaurant Company 
Reynolds .Metals 

Richmond Public Schook 
S & K Famous Brands 
Science Museiun 

Scott and StringfeUow 
Signet Bank 
Small Business 

Som' Records 
Southern States 

Cooperative, Inc 
SRO Evients 

Steinbrenner Photography 
This End L'p 
Travellers Insurance 
Trigon BlueCross 


United Parcel Service 
l.".S. Defense General 

Supph' Center 
U.S. Department 

of lustice 
U.S. Geological SurMe>- 
X'iiginia Farm Bureau 
N'iiginia Housing 

\"iiginia Pow«r 
Migjnia Division 

of Tourism 
\lrginia Lotterv" 
Wheat First 

Butcher Singer 
\\"hitehall-Robiiis 9 

lo otfer diverse opportunities for individuals to Jbenerit from higner education tlirougn a varietj' of 

avenues to include tlexiDie sclieduling' for part-time undergraduate and g'raduate students, open admission 

for nonde^ree-seeking' students witli appropriate preparation... 

Bold Journeys Forwara 

With more jobs requiring graduate degrees, 
international influences now a part of daily 
life, and several careers — not just one — filling 
up one's lifetime, access and affordability 
become essential. 

Communications tech- 
nology transcends a 
multitude of barriers. 

Telemedicine pro- 
grams allow caregivers 
to extend their reach, 
while telecourses give 
students the flexibility 
to choose when, where, 
and how to fit learning 
into their busy lives. 

Telecourses let 
gerontology profession- 
als in rural Virginia keep 
current with advances 
initiated by researchers 
on VCU's MCV Cam- 
pus and the Virginia 
Center on Aging, in 
addition to the late- 
afternoon and evening 
classes that also help 
those juggling their nurs- 
ing jobs and research as 
they piusue continuing 


Scotiand's Glasgow 
School of Arts is the 
hub for two months of 
summer study at archi- 
tect Charles Rennie 
Mcintosh's unique 
building. (2) Initiated 
by the English depart- 

ment through its suc- 
cessful creative writing 
and literature programs, 
interdisciplinary collab- 
orations include the 
archaeology and visual 
arts departments. (3) 

VCU business students 
and faculty are atop 
Borobudur, the world's 
largest Buddhist temple 
The Indonesian archi- 
pelago has been a Pacific 
Rim key to trade since 
spices lured empire 
buUders. (4) 

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Reality is an endless source of inspiration — and that helps 
make the dreams possible. Students acquire more than skills 
and knowledge; they gain the confidence they'll need to suc- 
ceed. Their experiential learning through VCU gives them 
the competitive edge to do it. 

Undergraduate and graduate students witness historic 
transformations around the world that will influence a new 
century's business practices and cultural perspectives. 

IT" V 


VCU's Center for Inter- 
national Programs and 
the Women's Studies 
Program led a contin- 
gent to the World Con- 
ference on Women in 
Beijing (Summer 1995). (5) 

Along the Rhine, a major 
trade arten,' for centuries, 
VCU business students 
grasp how the global 
economy must absorb 
EU restructuring and 
EFTA trade policies. (6) 

Scaffolding laces its wav 
around the Reichstag 
amid a reunified Ger- 
many's construction 
boom. (7) 

Students from \'CU 
meet with agencv" heads 
privatizing business in 
the former East Germany, 
and \s"ith ke\' pla\'ers in 
Switzerland, at Basel 
Universit>-"s European 
Institutes. (8) 


To promote interdisciplinary studies within the University to bring new perspectives 

lo hear on complex problems; 

Cnarting tne Cou 


"A Strategic Plan for the Future of Virginia 
Commonwealth University" has set coordinates 
that will allow VCU to continue to take the 
educational helm. Among them are interdisci- 
plinary University Centers, and programs in 
collaboration with other universities, each 
forming strong partnerships to tackle tough 
problems. After the strategic plan's initiatives 
are achieved by 1999, another will refine this 
vision in 2000. 

The Massey Cancer 
Center has taken the 
team approach to tackle 
cancer for more than 
20 years. The Jessie Ball 
duPont Fund bestowed 
MCC with its first 
"Making a Difference 
Award" for its rural out- 
reach programs that 
deliver the best treat- 
ment available national- 
ly to locations closer to 
patients' homes. (1) 

Center draws on MCV 
Campus strengths in 
research, patient care and 
education, connecting 

these with community 
programs. (2) The 
Center on Drug and 
Alcohol Studies (3) 
joins forces of depart- 
ments from both cam- 
puses, as do both the 
Center for Public Policy 

(4) and the Center for 
Environmental Studies. 

(5) With the urban 
environment available 
as a laboratory for 
teaching and research, 
the centers' comprehen- 
sive approach offers 
professionals training 
and degrees, while serv- 
ing urgent public needs. 


To offer auvanceu tlc^rcc progfraniij lor worUin^ profc^iBifjnalii, i$cIccIl-u jiroijr.irn^ in diver«v locale*, 
auinission ff)r ^raaiiatfs witli ap|)rf>prialc afsociate aej^recH of artn or science*, and support pro((ra>n« 

K)r specially atlinitteil !:tii(ient!i; 

Today's youth will be 
tomorrow's leaders — if 
they get the right start . . . 

Inner-city youngsters 
learn promises are for 
keeping, with the help 
of students from VCU, 
the University of Rich- 
mond, Virginia Union 
University and J. 
Sargeant Refolds 
Community College. 
The college students 
tutor and act as mentors 
to Carver Elementary 
students. If Carver's kids 
meet college require- 
ments when the time 
comes to seek that 

sheepskin, they're guar- 
anteed a college educa- 
tion, along with 
financial assistance, in a 
very special partnership 
called the Carver 
Promise. VCU students 
learn more than teach- 
ing; they discover the 
joy of caring involve- 
ment. (6) 

... if they continue to 
get the support and 
guidance they need . . . 

Project BEST, a School 
of Education undertak- 
ing, matches VCU stu- 
dents as mentors for 

Richmond middle 
school students. A 
mutually reinforcing 
method of retention, 
more middle schoolers 
progress toward better 
grades, while more Uni- 
versity students stay with 
their o\sti programs. 

Mentorship is a key 
factor in Tech High's 
mission to help increase 
women's ranks in the 
science professions. 
The program is a part- 
nership \vith X'irginia 
Power. (7) 

...and have challenges 
that keep them ener- 

gized and on-course. 

Faculty' and students 
stimulate each other in 
advanced modules and 
courses through the 
Honors Program, where 
enrollment swelled to 
1,000 from 300 in five 
)ears. If they meet 
requirements as under- 
graduates, \'CU Honors 
students are guaranteed 
acceptance into the 
Medical CoUege. (S) 

Ad\anced placement 
studies in collaboration 
with \'CU are available 
to high school students 
attending the Gover- 

nor's School for Gov- 
ernment and Interna- 
tional Studies. VCU 
facult)- teach advanced 
courses at this public 
school for high achiev- 
ers, housed at Thomas 
Jefferson High School 
in Richmond. (9) 

In a special summer 
program on the MCN' 
Campus, Governor's 
School for Medicine 
students participate in 
lab research and obsen'e 
medical procedures. 
Medical taculr.- volun- 
teer as mentors for the 
six weeks teenagers 
sample life as third- 
year medical students. 
One of six Governors 
Schools fimded by the 
state's Department of 
Education, the program 
began on the MC\" 
Campus through the 
efforts of 1992 School of 
Medicine alumnus Dr. 
Sterlina Ransone, Jr. 


To provide an optimal environment tor educatmg' and training nealth care protessionals, 

tor conducting' researcn to improve ueaitli care and delivery, and lor meetuig' tne needs or 

patients and tlie community in a eomprenensive nealtn care setting'; 


pas bervice 


VCU has been responsive to people's endur- 
ing needs since its 1838 founding, when the 
Medical College of Virginia began. Until 
MCV opened its doors, many Virginians had 
to earn their medical degrees out-of-state, 
often in Pennsylvania or New York. MCV 
evolved as the medical department of Hamp- 
den-Sydney College, became independent 
by 1854, and was state-affiliated by 1860. 
Almost immediately, MCV-trained doctors 
and their students were incorporating real- 
world experience into their education, as 
war exacted its changes on the states. 


Civil War casualties 
came to Richmond, 
where 76,000 soldiers 
were treated at the 
Chimborazo Hospital. 
Organized and run by 
Dr. James McCaw, an 
MCV professor of 
chemistry, it gained the 
distinction as the largest 
military hospital to have 
yet existed. ( 1 ) 

Landmark legislation 

in 1996 established the 

MCV Hospitals 

Authority, which 

allows the hospitals 

greater competitive 

ability as a health care 

provider in our rapidly 

changing health sys- 
tem. The Best Hospitals 
in America ranked 

MCVH in 

1995 among the top 

1 percent of North 

American hospitals. (2) 


The Medical Sciences 
Building and the Ambu- 
latory Care Center were 
designed with changing 
methods in health 
care teaching, research 
and delivery in mind. 
Restructuring programs 
allows the University to 
efficiendy and effective- 
ly address priorities that 
include more outpatient 
services and increasing 
approaches. Medical 
students benefit from 
studying at Virginia's 

most comprehensive 
health sciences center, 
with nationally and 
acclaimed programs 
offered from the state's 
capital. More than 200 
primary care physicians 
help train medical 
students — first- and 
second-year students 
are in doctors' offices 
each week, adding the 
clinical aspect to their 
academic training. (3) 





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1 in 

Patients can conven- 
iently access the same 
expert care from MCV 
Campus professionals 
who offer their services 
in surrounding counties 
at satellite facilities such 
as those at Hanover 
Physical Therapy, (4) 
Community Memorial 
Health Center, (5) and 
Stony Point. (6) 

Whether the need is for 
an organ transplant, or 
for diagnosis and treat- 
ment of the most chal- 
lenging health problems, 
more turn to \'CU for 
their health needs as the 
leading urban research 
institution in the Com- 
monwealth. (7) 

Virginians have had a dependable 
ally ever since, and take pride in 
the many advances initiated at 
MCV and MCV Hospitals, named 
Richmonder of the Year in 1996 by 
the city's Style Weekly. loday the 
MCV Campus of VCU continues 
to be a vital health care partner as 
its innovations spread to benefit 
nearby communities and — 
through its alumni, faculty, 
researchers and programs— as it 
extends its nationally respected 
health care services to others 
throughout the world. 

\'CU President Eugene 
P. Irani ( left I and for- 
mer Governor L. Dou- 
glas Wilder (to Trani's 
left), who teaches at 
\'CU's public polic)' 
program, met \sith Vice 
President Gore ( right) 
in South .-Vfrica, when 
VCU helped negotiate a 
Memorandum of 
Understanding for the 
South .Alrican Health 
Care Initiative. .\ con- 
sortiiun of U.S. and 
South African academic 
medical institutions will 
work with the U.S. 
Department of Health 
to support South 
Africa's eftbrt to recon- 
cile a legac)" of inade- 
quate health care for its 
citizens. (8) 


Tfj use tKf urban environment as a laboratory for studying and developing' new approaclies to problems 

pertaining to tlie public and private sectors; 

Solid Foundations for Future Change 

Richmond Professional Institute (RPI) started 
as the Richmond School of Social Work and 
Public Health in 1917. Its curriculum encom- 
passed more of the humanities and sciences. 
By 1925 it had developed into the Richmond 
division of the Gjllege of William and Mary; and 
from 1939 until its 1962 independence, it 
was known as the Richmond Professional 
Institute of that college. 





Although social work 
was a new concept at 
the turn of the century, 
social worker, Dr. Henry 
Hibbs, saw it would 
be a 20th-century stan- 
dard — and VCU's Acad- 
emic Campus began 
with that vision. The 
country would need 
more of these and other 
skilled professionals as 
war and peace changed 
life again. ( 1 ) 

As the new century 
got underway. World 
War 1 became a reality 
for America. Trained 
workers from the Rich- 
mond School of Social 
Work, RPI's precursor, 
helped fill the void that 
opened as doctors and 
nurses left Virginia to 
assist with the overseas 
war effort. (2) 

', 1 1»* ; miiiiiisiyr tS 


Through endowed 
funding as the Samuel 
S. Wurtzel Chair in 

Social Work, Dr. David 
Stoesz came to the Uni- 
versity with expertise on 
social welfare policy and 
welfare reform. (3) The 
School of Social Work's 
faculty consistently rank 
in the nation's top five 
for scholarly productivi- 
ty. Its students have 
access to state and fed- 
eral policy makers as the 
nation's social programs 
undergo radical change. 
Social work students 

learn directly from their 
fields' professionals 
through hundreds of 
field placements in 
agencies throughout 
Virginia, Washington, 
D.C., and Maryland. 
Their weekly collective 
service contributions to 
these agencies add up to 
nearly 6,000 hours, 
while field instructors 
donate this professional 
supervisionary time to 
the school. 


Virginia's General Assembly created Vir- 
ginia Commonwealth University by join- 
ing the strengths of MCV and RPI in 1 968. 
In less than a quarter of a century, the 
dynamics of these two campuses com- 
bined to place VCU at the forefront of 
urban universities. As one of only 87 
Carnegie One institutions, it is among 
the nation's most significant research and 
comprehensive universities; of the three 
institutions within the Commonwealth to 
have gained this distinction (with Virginia 
Polytechnic Institute and State University, 
and the University of Virginia), VCU is the 
sole urban university. 



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Life Magazine captured 
the essence of RPI in 
1 946 -VCU's artistic 
legacy, which still flavors 
the Fan District. (4) 

The School of Engineer- 
ing, (5) undertaken 
in partnership with 
Virginia Polytechnic 
Institute and State 
University, attracted 
employment and busi- 
ness opportunities to 
Virginia before the 
foundation was laid. 
Motorola decided to 
invest at least $3 billion 
in a new computer chip 
factory in Goochland 
County, and soon there- 
after created WTiite Oak 

We constantly face changes, and 
whenever we have succeeded as 
individuals, institutions, or as a 
culture, a key ingredient has been 

As the world's structure and 
economy spin into new transfor- 
mations, VCU's central location 
lets it continue leading the way. 

Technology and science offer 
amazing 21 st century discoveries. 
The arts and sciences through- 
out both campuses give the \'CL' 
community and the surrounding 
metropolitan region access to lim- 
itless world-class opportunities, 
world-wide, right in the state's 

Semiconductor in Hen- 
rico County, in partner- 
ship with Siemens AG. 
The promise of 5,000 
new high-tech jobs by 
the turn of the century, 
with residual business 
spawning another 5,000 
jobs, added silicons 
fresh sparkle to life 
along the James. 

The Stuart C. Siegel 
Center, (6) \'CU's new 
convocation and recre- 
ation center, and the 
Fine Arts Center (7) 
open a northern gate- 
way between the cit\' 
and the Academic Cam- 
pus, where imagination 
crosses the bridge to 
take on a tangible and 
inngorated form. 


To Jevelop and sustam a taciilty of tlie liig'uest queuity Ijy providing .in environment conducive to tneir acxiiev- 

in^ and m.iintainin^ national and international stature and ny continuing to attract totli recognized scholars 

and outstanding individuals witn a nign potential lor scliolarly acnievement and excellence in teacning; 

Leadersnip is Inclusive 

VCU's inclusive approach means 
students learn more than theory. 
They discover the real lives, needs, 
and problems of people. The cos- 
mopolitan advantages include a 
diverse and plentiful population, 
so VCU's graduates are ready for 
the real world. The knowledge and 
learning habits they gain along- 
side VCU's experts continue to 
energize, heal, protect and 
improve more real lives in more 
astounding ways every day. 

The best teachers let 
their own hunger for 
learning show through 
to their students. Educa- 
tion's captivating spirit 
is a torch to pass on to 
others, because learning 
never ends, as this morn- 
ing's theory can be 
demonstrated during 
this afternoon's practice 
in the heart of the 
Commonwealth. (1) 


The growing need for 
improved math and sci- 
ence learning looks to 
teaching for answers. A 
1996 National Science 
Foundation grant of $5 
million funds a five-year 


project designed to 
improve all aspects of 
K-8 teacher preparation, 
as well as renew math 
and science courses for 
non-science students. (2) 

The VCU-led Virginia 
Urban Corridor Teacher 
Preparation Collabora- 
tive includes communi- 
ty colleges — Germanna, 
J. Sargeant Reynolds, 
and Tidewater — as well 
as Longwood College, 
Mary Washington Col- 
lege, Norfolk State Uni- 
versity, and Central 
Virginia's regional 
schools' Mathematics 
and Science Centers. (3) 


Being inclusive also means there are no 
ivory towers at VCU. The faculty live in 
the real world, just like their students, 
and they chose teaching as a way to make 
it better. They enjoy teaching, and want to 
teach their students well. VCU's profes- 
sors, for example, had a tenure-review 
policy in place long before other institu- 
tions thought to consider it. They have 
devoted their lives to learning and teach- 
ing in areas they value as important and, 
to serve well, they must stay abreast of 
the latest changes in their fields as well as 
bring new dimensions of knowledge into 
the world's grasp. 

The psychology depart- 
ment is just one exam- 
ple of how faculty 
provide more than 
classroom instruction — 
undergraduates have 
access to vibrant, pro- 
fessionally active profes- 
sors, whose considerable 
sponsored and unspon- 
sored research and 
service offer students 
outstanding educational 
opportunities. The 
department's nationally 

recognized "Going for 
the Goal" program 
quickly spread to Los 
Angeles, New York, 
Boston and Atlanta, 
where high school 
students help middle 
school students to 
develop key life skills 
to overcome problems. 
When they view life as 
a series of problems to 
solve, they can see how 
learning never stops for 
anyone. (4) 

Associate Vice President 
for the Health Sciences 
Division, Dr. Louis 
Harris (left), is a distin- 
guished researcher and 
professor in the phar- 
macology and toxicolo- 
g\' department. He 
initiated a program that 
encourages minorities to 
pursue careers in scien- 
tific research. Dr. Harris 
is pictured \«th VCU/ 
MC\' \K-e President Dr. 
William De\vey. (5) 

Before the final 
decade \vas half fin- 
ished, annual external 
research funding was 
$87.2 million — ^placing 

\'CU among the 

nation's top 79 research 

universities. (6) 


Leadersnip is Involved 

Students learn something more from VCU's faculty: 
involvement. They demonstrate it in the greater 
community every day. 

Faculty offer their expertise through a wide range 
of public courses and programs. The educational focus 
includes offering advanced medical care at no- or low- 
cost to the indigent public, as well as free preventive 
programs, such as mammography screenings and 
nutritional counseling, to help curb serious illness 
and greater cost. ( 1 ) VCU faculty serve the community 
through elderhostel courses, lectures and seminars, 
while those talented in music, dance or theatre give 
benefit performances for others in need. All this is in 
addition to faculty being available outside of class 
hours as their VCU students' advisors, or even just to 
share thoughts during a walk between buildings. (2) 




initiatives pave a 
two-way street, which 
was part of the 
General Assembly's 
vision in forming the 
University in 1968. 

VCU's Community 
Service Associates Pro- 
gram links faculty with 
projects from neigh- 
borhood and civic 
associations — with high 
schoolers volunteering 
through the YMCA to 
give Broad Street a face 
lift (3) — as well as with 
government (4) and 
professional organiza- 
tions. Faculty experts 
provide professional 
counseling and techni- 
cal assistance that might 
otherwise be unafford- 
able, while they return 
to their classrooms and 
research with current 
information from these 

projects. These have 
included statewide zon- 
ing criteria and needs; 
public housing commu- 
nit\' health workshops; 
assessing Virginia's nar- 
cotics problems; or 
developing marketing 
strategies for profes- 
sional arts organiza- 
tions. (5) 

Dr. Lisa Kaplowitz, 
through a Robert 
\Voods lohnson Health 
Fellowship administered 
by the National Acade- 
my of Sciences' Institute 
of Medicine, brings her 
HFWMDS expertise to 
Capitol Hill otfices and 
The ^\■hite House. (6) 


To mobilize its creative energies and its expertise to meet tlie needs of society and individuals 
in its unique role as Virginia's major urban university; 

Leadersnip as Pa rtnersnip 

The best leaders, rather than setting them- 
selves apart from the people, demonstrate 
partnership instead — that they're in it with 
everyone else. 

VCU's carpe diem spirit starts pitching 
right in. The idea is to seize the future for 
our students today. 

"■'.,, *•^ , 

25 percent annual 
growth rate is lead- 
ing the industry 
toward an anticipat- 
ed $125 billion by 
the time the world's 
calendars flip to 

Smaller firms have a 
wealth of ideas, but lack 
the funds it takes to 
bring new products to 
the marketplace. 
Alliances with the richer 
source of capital and 
marketing oudets of 
larger, established com- 
panies in the region give 
them access to the costly 
development and 
approval process. ( 1 ) 





A Capital Venture for I^atent Opportunity 

Virginia's Biotechnology Research Park has 
surfaced on the East Coast's biotech corri- 
dor with the brightness of a nova. Add to 
that VCU's new School of Engineering, and 
central Virginia fastens its prime position 
within the Boston-to-North Carolina 
biotechnology nexus. (2) 

Richmond, the fifth Federal Reserve Dis- 
trict, is home to numerous Fortune 500 
companies and leading advertising agen- 
cies. Public-private partnerships connect 
investors with innovators, which fosters 
new business. (3) The Center for Innovative 
Technology, a private, nonprofit organiza- 
tion created by Virginia's legislature in 
1984, acts as a catalyst. It, too, chose the 
research park for its location. 
r J ' •• «» 

The Biotechnology 

Research Park was a 

result of pooled 

resources that 

formed a civic part- 
nership among: 

• the City of Rich- 
mond and surround- 
ing counties 

• business leaders, 
with the Retail Mer- 
chants Association of 

Greater Richmond 
taking the lead that 

19of thecit)''s 

largest corporations 


• and the Common- 
wealth of Virginia, 
from the General 
Assembly to the 
voters themselves, 
who approved the 
bonds issue that 
provided construc- 
tion funding. 

A two-hour drive from 
Washington, D.C.'s fed- 
eral research and regu- 
lating agencies, the 
resc-arch complex is a 
docking port designed 
to fit biomedical com- 
panies' specialized 

Scientists are mere steps 
from VCU's top-rated 
pharmacologN' and toxi- 
cology researchers on 
the .MCV Campus and 
.VICV Hospitals. The 
Drug Design and Devel- 
opment Institute, and 
the Virginia Institute for 
Psv'chiatric and Behav- 
ioral Genetics, were 
among the first facultv- 
formed organizations 
to locate in the research 
park. Consumers 
benefit sooner from 
the pharmaceutical 
advances these partner- 
ships \'ield.The third- 
largest German-held 
company, Boehringer 
Ingelheim Inc., moved 
a process research labo- 
rator\- trom Germanv 

to Richmond, and BI 
Chemicals, Inc., thus 
became one of the 
park's charter tenants. 
The first building in 
the park was tiilh' 
leased bv 1995. 


To offer nationally and internationally recognized professional and gfraduate programs leading to doctoral, mas- 
ter's, and otner terminal and advanced deg'rees in the professions, the sciences, tlie humanities, and the arts; 

Caring Partnersnips 

Virginia's sole School of Dentistry (1) and, until 1996, its 
only School of Pharmacy, are on VCU's Medical Campus. 
Both have rated repeatedly among the nation's top twelve 
and ten (respectively) professional graduate programs in 
U.S. News & World Report surveys. Nearly 70 percent of 
Virginia's practicing dentists are VCU graduates, and phar- 
macy alumni (2) make up approximately 60 percent of the 
state's registered pharmacists. 

As the U.S. healthcare market continues to shift, pharma- 
cists will provide more service than product, while rapid 
advances in drug therapy will increase their collaborative 
role with physicians. 

VCU's School of Alhed Health Professions is 
one of the oldest and best in the nation. Its 
graduate programs in health administration 
and physical therapy receive top ratings in 
annual U.S. News & World Report surveys 
(respectively ranking tenth and eighth through 
1996). Our aging population's rising numbers 
spur growth in home health care and services. 
We'll need more graduates of occupational and 
physical therapy programs — along with geron- 
tologists, rehabilitation counselors, nurse anes- 
thetists and radiology technicians. (3) 

Occupational Therapists 
1990 2005 

Physical Therapists 
1990 2005 

Radiologic Therapists 
1990 2005 

,000 155,000 149,000 252,000 

Graduate students are 
the launching pads from 
which tomorrow's inno- 
vations and teaching 
will progress. Other 
redesigns in the medical 
sciences curricula 
include the MD/PhD 
program. Near and far, 
an abundance of oppor- 
tunities exist for VCU's 
graduate students to 
interact with researchers 
and business leaders. (4) 

Bureau of Labor Statistics I992survey 


Job Increases 
through 2005 

Health services: 84. 1 % 
Residential care: 82.7% 

Bureau cf Labor Statistia 

We want more quality 
to fill the extra years 
that medical advances 
have given to our life- 
spans. And we're doing 
it, with the help of allies 
ranging from researchers 
to therapists. 

Graduate education includes assigning stu- 
dents to provide direct, supervised care of 
patients and, for those whose degrees will allow 
them to teach in their fields, guiding graduate 
students' professional training as educators. It 
takes more faculty with postgraduate training 
to teach these increasing numbers of profes- 
sionals. Equipment, along with both redesigned 
and new facilities, will help faculty and stu- 
dents continue with the same quality of 
research, teaching and learning that make 
these programs respected national leaders. 


We need more primary 
care generalists, particu- 
larly in rural areas, and 
the School of Medicine 
is well on-course in this 
Generalist Initiative for 
Virginia. (5) 

Research is robust: 
Medical faculty attract 
nearly 70 percent of 
sponsored program 
funding at VCU. The 
school's Department of 
Human Genetics works 
with a full range of 
collaborative research 
activities, while external 
research funding in the 
biochemistry depart- 

ment, along with that 
in the pharmacology 
and toxicology depart- 
ment, ranks both fifth 
nationally for NIH 
support. (6) 

As hospital-centered 
care lessens, nurses will 
serve more in advanced- 
care settings, as well as 
conduct more research 
to improve patient care 
and cost efficiency. The 
School of Nursing, a 
source for the best of 
skilled care givers, helps 
meet rural and under- 
served areas' need for 

help by offering more 
conveniendy scheduled 
courses, such as its 
Weekend Graduate 
Nurse Practitioner 
Program. (7) 

Our culture is able to 
meet more of our popu 
lations special needs 
than ever. Only one of 
many shining examples 
is the Rehabilitation 
Research and Training 
Center, based joindy in 
the School of Medicine 
and the School of Edu- 
cation. The center 
makes a return to work. 

as \vell as that tirst job, 
possible for those with 
disabilities caused by 
head injuries or mental 
retardation. (8) 

The School of the Arts 
doctoral program in art 
histors" is the onh" one 
in the nation to focus 
on multiculturalism. (9) 




To value ancl promote racial and culttirai diversity in its student body, laculty, administration, 

and start to enJiance and enrich tne Lfniversity; 

Partners Wno've Made Remarkable Progress 

Alumni will be 100,000 strong by the year 2000. The Alumni 
Stars annual program welcomes home each school's star 
alumnus/a in recognition of significant achievements. 

The alumni associations sponsor programs through 
which alumni also welcome student externs into their work- 
place, where they show them the ropes of their professions. 
Many alumni return to campus to teach or offer seminars. 

Experienced hands, VCU alumni guide student interns 
through encounters of the real kind. Students get their feet 
wet alongside successful alumni in Richmond area business- 
es, arts organizations, city and state agencies — even in 
palm-studded vistas in California. 

A Sampling or Our Outstanding Alumni 

Victor L Goines 
'91 MM/A 

Though he earned a 
teaching degree and 
taught math in public 
schools, Victor Goines 
came to VCU to get his 
master's degree in music 
studying the saxophone. 
Lauded by Dr. David P. 
Cordle, Chair of the 
Department of Music, 
as "one of our most dis- 
tinguished graduates in 
the Jazz area," Goines 
tours as saxophonist in 
the "Wynton Marsalis 
Sextet," has his own jazz 
ensemble and has 
recorded compact discs. 
He is garnering world- 
wide acclaim. 

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VCU alumni and facul- 
ty have an invested 
interest in the economy 
and quality of life in 
Virginia-they often join 
together to promote 
Richmond and the 
nation-wide. Pictured 
above are Gregory 
Wingfield '75 BS/H&S 

Packs A Punch . 

and '76 MURP/H&S, 
president of the Greater 
Richmond Partnership, 
Inc; Phyllis Cothran '71 
BS/B, president and 
chief executive officer 
of Trigon BlueCross 
BlueShield; VCU sculp- 
tor Elizabeth King; and 
VCU's President 
Eugene P. Trani. 

Mystery fans around 
the world are familiar 
with Patricia Cornwell's 
crime-solving medical 
examiner. Dr. Kay Scar- 
petta. But not many 
know that the fictional 
character is based on an 
actual person-Dr. Mar- 
cella Fierro is Virginia's 
Chief Medical Examin- 
er and chair of VCU's 
Department of Legal 
Medicine. Dr. Fierro 
has served on the MCV 
Campus faculty for 
nearly 25 years and, 
takes comparisons to 
Scarpetta good- 
naturedly. "You know, 
Scarpetta is described as 
blonde, blue-eyed and 
weighing 105 pounds. 
I'm not blonde, I don't 
have blue eyes, and I 
haven't weighed 105 
pounds since I was 10 
years old." 

Richard N. Carlyon 
'53 BFA/A 
'63 MFA/A 

VCU is fortunate that 
many alumni return to 
campus to teach on the 
faculty. For many years, 
Carlyon taught in 
Painting and Printmaking, 
Communication Arts 
and Design, and Art 
History. In 1994, he was 
named the country's 
best university art pro- 
fessor by the College Art 
Association of America. 

VCU alumni stay involved 
v^ith the community and with 
their alma mater because they 
learned the value of partner- 
ship as students. May that 
circle be unbroken. 

David Baldacd 
'8i BA/H & S 

Political science alumnus 
David Baldacci became a 
corporate attorney near 
The WTiite House by 
day; by night, he wrote 
Absolute Power. The 
thriller sold for $2 mil- 
lion and rocketed to No. 
2 on the New York Times 
and Wall Street Journal 
best-seller lists. Castle- 
Rock Entertainment 
secured film rights; Clint 
Eastwood will star and 
direct. Pictured with his 
wife, Michelle, Baldacci 
is one of three VCU 
graduates in his famih- 
(brother Rudy '76 
BFA/A, and sister, 
Sharon 79 BS/MC). 

Richard T. Robertson 
'67 BS/MC 
President, Warner 
Brothers Domestic 
Television Distribution 

Dick Robertson feels 
"it is truly more 
blessed to give than to 
receive." For several 
years, he and his wife, 
Marianne, have made 
it possible for students 
in the School of Mass 
Communications to 
serve as interns for two 
weeks at the Warner 
Brothers Studios in 
Burbank, California. 
He also is chairing the 
Campaign for X'irginia 
Commonwealth Uni- 
versity "Partners for 



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Dr. Jean Harris 
'55 MD/M 

Dr. Jean Harris' distin- 
guished career has 
touched government 
administrations, corpo- 
rations, and medical 
associations, and is 
characterized by public 
service, on both the 
local and national level. 
.A, Richmond native, she 
was the first minorirs' 
to be admitted into the 
medical program at 
MCV. VCU's lean L. 
Harris Scholarship 
Program honors her 
contributions to the 
medical profession, 
while pro\'iding future 
medical professionals 
with the opportunit}' to 
follow in her footsteps. 

Dr. French Moore, Jr. 
'60 DDS/D and 
Dr. French Moore, Sr. 
'22 DDS/D 

Dr. French Moore, Jr. is 
an active alumnus from 
an MC\' family. Both 
his father. Dr. French 
Moore, Sr., who recent- 
ly established the 
Moore Family Endo\\- 
ment in the School of 
Dentistry, and his son. 
Dr. French Moore III, 
are alumni. Moore Jr. is 
a former Rector of the 
Universit)' and current- 
ly ser\'es on the .\lumni 
House Development 
Committee. The Moore 
family recently named a 
room in the new MCV 
.\lumni Conference 

Dr. Grace E. Harris 
60 M/SW 
VCU's Prcn'ost and 
\ Ice President for 
Academic Affairs 

\CU President Eugene 
P. Trani has been on 
record as sai."ing, "Dr. 
Harris is true to her 
name-Crace." .\ role 
model for students, fac- 
ulty' and staff. Dr. Harris 
is an example of today's 
^^■oman-devoted to her 
family and firiends, 
active in the community' 
in a variet)" of venues 
including corporate, 
non-profit and educa- 
tional leadership |X)si- 
tions, and a professional 
par cxceUaice. "Ai\ of us 
must work together, 
here at XCV and within 
higher education as a 
whole," she sai."S, "*to 
offer the stability", mean- 
ing and belonging that 
come with the investiga- 
tion and dissemination 
of kno\\iedge. That is 
our mission." 



'n> foster a scliolai'ly climate llial int^piifs crealivity, a Iree anJ open exciiange ol: ideas, critical lliinijing, 
inteJlectiial curiosity, Ireeaom ot expression, and inlellectaal integrity. 




The VCU Libraries are the vital system through which we 
communicate our compendium of this knowledge to each 
other. While the more than one million volumes, papers, 
journals and various printed publications and archives still 

offer their riches within the libraries' walls, our technologi- 
cal appetite wanted more. VCU Libraries, part of the Virtual 
Library of Virginia project, offers electronic access to this 
new world of virtually instant information. 

Soon after VCU had 
launched into Partner- 
ship 2000, Multimedia 
Today* featured an 
article on this public- 
private partnership. 
"While every college 
faces burgeoning costs 
and dwindling 
resources," the article 
noted, "few have taken 
up the gauntlet as 
boldly as has VCU." 
Partnership 2000 
leverages limited Uni- 
versity resources, 
allowing VCU to pio- 
neer the educational 
technology path that 
leads us from our cur- 
rent teaching-centered 
culture to one that is 
VCU's focus on deliv- 
ering information and 
courses improves ser- 
vices to students on 
and off campus, while 
it expands access to 
its internationally 
respected research, 
professional programs, 
and healthcare exper- 
tise. Scientific visual- 
ization, telemedicine, 
and virtual surgery are 
among the offerings 
available through the 
MCV Campus and 
MCV Hospitals. One- 
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Service Centers are cus- 
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Numerous VCU faculty and alumni 
have published books found in 
libraries and collections — and widely 
used as textbooks — nationwide. They 
are frequently cited as experts in the 
national media from coast to coast. 
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and visit VCU's programs on the World Wide 

economic impact of the "Hard Road to Glory" African 
American Sports Hall of Fame proposed for Richmond. The 
Survey Research Lab (below) will take the first Metro Poll 
sponsored by the Center, a survey of attitudes of Richmond 
Metro residents. 

The Center's most important collaboration is with the 
Urban Partnership, an alliance of mayors and city managers 
from all over the state and the Virginia Chamber of Commerce. 
Center director Dr. Michael Pratt coordinated research for the 
Partnership done by faculty from VCU and other Virginia uni- 

Pratt finds this tremendously exciting. "Unlike many other 
studies that have a brief public life and are then put on a book- 











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shelf, the Partnership's proposals, supported by former 
Governor Linwood Holton, became law." The Regional 
Competitiveness Act, passed by the General Assembly last 
winter, is funded this year at $3 million, with $5 million more 
assigned from Governor Allen's Economic Opportunity Fund. 
It gives counties and cities an incentive to cooperate to build 
regional solutions to economic and social problems. "Several 
regions are already planning proposals to create jobs, or to 
tackle areas like education, water and waste treatment, enwon- 
ment, housing — some of the areas emphasized for hmding in 
the act." 

During the 1997 legislative session, the Partnership will 
work to increase funding for the Regional Competitiveness 
Act, and it v«ll promote legislation to fund neighborhood 


The Sur\'ey Research Lab is a powerhouse for gathering and 
analyzing information, working with academic and medical 
faculty and every imaginable state agency. The lab's clients — 
mosdy state governments, local governments, the universit)', 
faculty and nonprofits — have proliferated, and the SRL is 
nearly self-supporting. "The lab earns the vast majority of its 
budget from its own revenues," says director Dr. ludv 
Bradford. "The SRL's current work is close to $3 million a 

The lab's expertise is an asset to researchers throughout the 


In election years, the SRL's CormrvonvvwHh 
Polls measure public ocnrnon statewide, 
giving the CPP high visibdrty in the New York 
Times, Washington Post and National Pubfec 
Radio. "This fall we v/p|i be looking exptcilty 
at the elections — both for president and for 
US Senate." says Scott Keeter. poll 

The match between challenger Mart 
Warner and incumbent Senator John Warner 
could be a little confusing to voters, he says 
"In Virginia, party affiliation doesn't appear on 
the ballot " In a Commonwealth PoN released 
at the end of May, newcomer Mark Warr>er 
received barely 10 percent supporL Watch 
for the fall update. 

Keeter is now chair of pdrtical science 
and public administration, but he built the 
SRL from his expenence at the Eagleton 
Institute of Politics at Rutgers Universitv "I 
learned what a good poll was arKl what a bad 
poll was. And I make sure to do a good or>e.' 
Some tricks of the polling trade he ptdced up 
at Rutgers include (xjsmg alternatives to 
survey participants, predicting turrxHit. 
building in quality standards, evaluating 
response rates and measuring success. 

Even though surveys are billed as quick 
snapshots of public opinion, developing ques- 
tions can take several weeks. "This process 
depends on our own observations of current 
issues combined with our understarKling of 
what typically motivates voters." Keeter 
says "This year we are looking at rivertxiat 
gambling, environmental issues, racial att>- 
tudes, and religion and politics " 

In July, Keeter polled 801 Virginia 
voters on religion and politics. The surve , 
asked for preference between two mcoe-- 
ates — one a deacon in his Baptist chL-:' •- = 
other a lapsed Metf>odist. The deacc' ceat 
the non-churchgoer by 46 percen' •: 29 
percent. In other questions. reMc " ' ■• 5s 
more important in the 

political views of 

voters who are liberal 
on taking care of the poor, and to voters who 
take a conservative stand against atxjrtion. For 
each issue, 33 percent of voters said religious 
beliefs were very important to their opinion on 
these issues. 

Keeter recently took the long view of 
American voters in a book he wrote with 
Columbia University political scientist Michael 
X. Delli Carpini, What Americans Know atx>u1 
Politics and Why It Matters. Tracing survey 
data since the Gallup Polls of the 1940s. 
Keeter says they found consistently that 
"about 25 percent of the population are politi- 
cally informed and connected to the process." 
The makeup of that group hasn't changed much, eitne^ Tr.ev still 
tend to be white, male, older and finandally secure criizens — "people 
who already have economic and political power." Keeter adds that 
"the best citizens are better-informed voters — they participate rTX)re. 
they tend to be more tolerant of people with other opinions than 
theirs, and they can connect to the party or candklate that best repre- 
sents their views." 

The Commonwealth Poll helps citizens and policy professionals 
understand the issues and choices voters face in electing candidates. 
'The lab has been helpful in fostering the healthy democfatic debate 
you need in a free society. In campaigns for public office, it's helped 
us understand the forces that motivate voters and factors in polrbcs." 
Keeter says. 



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university and state government, providing professional help 
setting up grants. "It's very common for us to help faculty to 
develop a methodology and to collect data and analyze it," says 
Bradford. "We're working with faculty in almost every 
academic division — most often with the Schools of Medicine, 
Allied Health, Social Work and Nursing. We have particular 
ties with the departments of political science and public admin- 
istration, preventive medicine and community health, and with 
MCV's Williamson Institute for Health Smdies," Bradford says. 
Many SRL projects, she adds, target social issues like HIV and 
AIDS, substance abuse and chOdren's health. 

The lab is also helping the city wdth the daunting task of 
counting its population. Richmond Public Schools contracted 
the lab to conduct its triennial census, the first time the school 
system is doing a door-to-door census of Richmond's popula- 
tion. Gathering information with help fi-om civic and commu- 
nity leaders, the lab expects to receive completed questionnaires 
for at least 90 percent of all households in the city. The accuracy 
of the results is critical, since the Virginia Department of 
Education bases ftmding decisions on population figures. 

"We believe the success of the census depends on the 
involvement of Richmond's residents," says project manager 
Mert Rives. "We want it to be a community-based effort, so 
we're hiring interviewers fi'om the neighborhoods they'll be 
working in, and we're working with civic associations, schools, 
and churches to get the word out." 


Virginia's diverse population forced the lab to grow in new 
directions, like working with more languages. The SRL already 
conducts bilingual poUs in Spanish and English. And the lab is 
quickly adding staff to conduct surveys in Korean and 

At the lab, tangible results are easy to count — number of 
grants awarded, poUs completed, revenue from contracts. The 
intangible results of the lab's work are impossible to tally. Scott 
Keeter comments, "I think the lab has been a tremendous asset 
to VCU, the state and city of Richmond. We've worked for vir- 
tually every department in state government. For the university 
it's been a valuable research resource for faculty and university's 
own research for surveying alumni and students." (In fact, the 
SRL surveyed alumni readers to help the VCU Alumni 
Association plan Shafer Court Connections.) 

Cruising down the highway or channel surfing from the couch, 
you have probably seen the work of the Transportation Safety 
Training Center in action. Bright orange "Wide Load"s are first 
certified by the TSTC. Toddlers in child safety seats are another 
sign of TSTC. 

News addicts in lapan may have caught the TSTC's Jan 
Cames teaching a prenatal class about child safety seats to 
parents-to-be, on the Japanese version of CNN. The Japanese 
find this a foreign concept, but in Richmond, "Hardly a week 
goes by without someone stopping in for us to check their 
child's safety seat," says Bob Breitenbach, director of TSTC. 

Winter couch potatoes might have seen crash team manager 
Dave McAllister explaining on NBC's Dateline why riding high 
in those monster pickups is not a mighty good idea. They're 
unstable, they "mount" smaller cars they collide with, and they 
roll right over safety features like guardrails. There is a height 
limit — thanks, in part, to work by TSTC. 

The TSTC has been providing public safety professionals 
with training and technical assistance to meet safety goals for 25 
years. Making highways safer means working with many 
groups — training and providing technical support to police 
officers, educating legislators and the public on safety issues. 
Most recentiy, staff have spoken to Virgina newspapers and 
local television about aggressive drivers. 

TSTC is taking its research on the road. A crash team that 
evaluates a select number of crashes per year recently moved to 
the TSTC. This year the team will reconstruct six crashes. 
"We've developed criteria that qualify crashes for study," 
Breitenbach explains, and these criteria mirror what's happen- 
ing nationally." For instance, it's likely the crash team will 
study a crash where an injury resulted from a deployed air bag. 
Another issue on this year's list came from the General 
Assembly this winter — spectator safety in mud dragster races. 
"Last year there was a crash in Cumberland County where 
there were spectator fatalities," Breitenbach says. 

The CPP's units and their leaders seem to have succeeded in 
producing a vibrant environment for studying public policy. 
CPP faculty are finding their expertise and research in high 
demand. "We are addressing issues important to Americans, so 
our work dovetails with the concerns of people in local and 
state goverrunent," says Holsworth. "We're glad to contribute 
when people think our expertise would be valuable." 

These are knotty problems in education, health care, eco- 
nomics and race. Combining forces just may create the synergy 
to move through them and beyond. 


Upcoming collaborations include a conference on "The Future of 
Medicare" co-sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and 
Religious Studies, the Center's Institute for Ethics and Public 
Policy, and the Richmond Bioethia Consortium: October 18, 1- 
5pm in the Student Commons. 




"Education opens doors to stay open," 
says former Virginia Governor L. 
Douglas Wilder. Today Wilder opens 
doors to students as a Distinguished 
Professor in VCU's Center for Public 

Obviously, Wilder enjoys young 
people. "They make you think young, 
they keep you on your toes, and they 
make your research rele\'ant." But he is 
concerned about them. He sees an 
"abysmal approach to the delivery of 
education in the classroom. We're not 
doing what needs to be done. Education 
is secondary today, and it was primar)'." 
"We need to "teach history, teach the 
relevance of politics." Kids don't know 
the definition of poll tax or affirmative 
action. "The issue isn't how you feel 
about it — it's Do you know what it is?'" 

Wilder emphatically maintains that 
students want to know, but are often 
"prisoners of a system that still refuses to 
really articulate society's problems and 
dilemmas. The\' talk about the tfinges." 
He confronts students of this media-sat- 
urated age, rigorously. "You have to 
disabuse them of it by asking their \iews 
and knowing the)- are not based on fact, 

I o but based on schism perpetrated primar- 
ily through the media. The%' are in a 
vorte.\, bombarded with nonsense on a 

i :; dailv basis." 

In contrast, "the classroom is an oasis, 
not suited to conformity. It is supposed 
to be a place where you have free ideas 
and free expression." Wilder challenges 
students to go beyond the obvious and 
analyze the more "opaque" issues. "I got 
a lot of that through law school training 
(from law professors) who would inter- 
rupt when you were arguing a in 
moot court saying we know the brief — 
go outside the brief.'" 

"I'm optimistic about the young 
people we have today," though their role 
models in every realm are few. They are 
resilient, he says. Wilder tells students he 
wants them to be angry and to push for 
change. "The only thing constant is 
constant change," and around the ^obe 
student involvement has been an 
impetus for change. He wants them to 
leave the university' "more committed." 
Growing up in Richmond, Wilder 
knew the relentless constraint of segrega- 
tion. He couldn't sit down on the street- 
car. He was not allowed to tr)' on a suit 
because of "store policy." 

After graduating from X'irginia 
Union Universit)' in chemistry, \N'ilder 
served in Korea and earned a Bronze 
Star. He worked briefly as a chemist for 
the State Department of Health. From 
that point, all his career moves turned 
onto a\'enues stretching toward social 
justice. The 1954 Brown v. Board of 
Education decision "sealed it for me in 
terms of the need for lawyers to be artic- 
ulating." Massive resistance laws kept 
him out of U\'A's law school, and in tact 
the state of \'irginia paid his tuition at 
Ho\\'ard Universit%'s law school in 
Washington. Wilder did not see politics 
in his future — "I didn't like it — I thought 
it was beneath me." Howe\er, when he 
saw minorities failing to seize opjxjrtuni- 
ties, he entered politics in 1969, 
becoming the first Afiican-.\merican 
state senator in \'irginia since 

Despite his monumental stature in a 
number of realms — the nation's first 
.\irican-.\merican elected governor, a 
former senator and presidential candi- 
date, and a nationalh." known speaker 
and radio talk show host — ^WUder main- 
tains a casual rapp>ort with all kinds of 
people. Callers to his s\Tidicited show 
(which reaches 38 states) and people he 


FALL 1996 

"To be an effective state chief 
executive, you [must he ahle to] 
initiate policy and to reject some 
things presented by the General 
Assembly. . . You should be able 
to work with different factions 
to develop a social policy 
agenda, especially in health, 
economics, and the well being 
of the people you serve." 

Former Virginia Governor Douglas Wilder spoke 
to medical students and master's candidates in 
public health administration about health policy 
and politics, in March. 

greets on the street are just as likely to call 
him "Doug" as they are "Governor" or 
Mr. Wilder. "I like it," he says. "You can't 
hide behind titles." 

Wilder has apparently stopped 
running, although he hasn't slowed 
down. What does he miss most about 
the political fray? Wilder briskly replies: 
"I don't miss anything." The problem 
with so many people who stay in politics 
too long is that they don't know when to 
go. I've never considered politics a life. A 
lot of people make the mistake of looking 
upon it as a Ufe and a livelihood. I never 
depended on politics." 

Disturbing trends have led him 
to laimch a major new imdertaking, 
from VCU's Center for Public Policy 
(page 15). Over three years, the Wilder 
Symposia on Race and American Society 
will focus on Health Policy and Medical 
Care, on Political Representation, and 
on Education. VCU uniquely qualifies 
as host, he says, because we're an urban 
university, located in a state capital and 
close to the nation's capital. These 
symposia are not all talk. Each of them 
will include a concrete call to action. 
"We can set a paradigm for what needs 
to take place around this nation." 

Wilder admits that many Americans 
once rejected intolerance. But today "the 
stereotypical view is reasserting itself 
through a somewhat retrenched, myopic, 
imscientific conclusion which says: 'We 
tried these approaches for equality, we 

tried approaches for making good on the 
civil rights of others, that's far enough — 
we've gone as far as we can go.'" His 
greatest concern is the impact this has on 
yoimg people, "because they don't know 
what took place 30 years ago." 

The symposia will present an accurate 
history of the effects of racism and "start 
a community, state, and national 
dialogue" that will continue beyond the 
20th century. Wilder has too often seen 
such dialogue halted with: "'What did 
you bring that up for? Things are going 
pretty well.'" 

Wilder vows to ask "both sides" the 
questions that aren't being asked "to lead 
to a discussion of race. In the absence of 
open and fuU discussion the problem 
won't be approached. So if you can't 
approach a problem you can't solve a 
problem. If you can't cut the crust you 
never can get to the pie." 

Throughout the symposia he plans 
"to call things as they are and see them as 
they are, and to require accountability of 
all sides." Ultimately, he believes, the 
only solution to racism is the individual 
approach. "The group thing is never 
going to happen. It's contrary to human 
experience. The problem has been that 
the education of the individual has not 
taken place." 

Like the philosopher king, this profes- 
sor governor is convinced that honest 
discussion and an exhortation to practi- 
cal action will make things happen. "If 
this doesn't result in changes being 
made, you're better off going to the 

Wilder isn't planning to spend much 
time watching the waves. "You don't 
retire from [working for social justice]. It 
becomes part of your existence." 





The RPI Honor 
Council from the 
1959 Cobblestone: 
Shirley Stephenson, 
Dean Margaret 
Johnson, advisor; 
James Gouldin, 
Beverly Basnight, 
Bob Buchanan, 
Linda Menard, 
Frank DuPriest, 
Judy Waldorf, 
William Parker. 
Seated: Tom DeWitt, 
David Richards, 
Jean Grogg, 
William Ayers. 

Leafing through RPI yearbooks fi-om the '40s and 
'50s, you will often find a photo of the Honor 
Council, five or six rather solemn young men and 
women robed for justice. MCV students have had 
an honor system since 1895. These homogenous 
groups present a sharp contrast to a representative 
group of diverse 1996 students. 

Plenty of people would argue that an Honor 
System is obsolete in the sprawling, diverse, 
decadent '90s. This is an approach that works best in 
a small, homogenous institution, the argument 
goes, like Mary Washington or Hampden-Sydney. 
Students at large public — or even large private — 
universities are too many, too different and too scat- 
tered to share a value system. 

And the skeptics seem to have cause. A steady 
stream of academic scandals appears in the news. 
On March 31, 1996, the Wcishington Post ran a 
major commentary about dishonesty at the U. S. 
Naval Academy. James Barry, a Viemam era naval 
officer and seven-year veteran of the facult)' at 
Annapolis, charged that at the naval academy 
"wonderful young people become immersed in an 
ethically corrupting system — one so powerful that, 
by the start of their second year, most of them are 
confirmed cynics who routinely \iolate regulations." 

If that's what's happening at the prestigious (also 
small and tight-knit) U. S. Naval Academy, then 
how bad are things at large public institutions? How 
bad is it at VCU? 

There's no doubt that some cheating occurs here. 
The question is how much. In 1994-95, for instance, 
the number of reported cheating cases rose to more 

than 50, a substantial jump fi-om previous years. 
Some students and some facult)' belie\'e there's 
much more, from cop\'ing tests to do\sTLloading 
papers from the Internet — none of it provable. 

In fact, I believe that cheating at \'CU is realh- a 
very small problem. I am absolutely cominced that 
the vast majorit)' of our students are genuineh' 
honest and decent people. The\- know what cheating 
is, and they think it is wTong. The\- know that their 
families — Mom and Dad in some cases, the 
husband or \sife and children in others— are 
making sacrifices to help them get an education. 
Many of them are working their own way through 
and shouldering a hea\y debt They know the differ- 
ence bet\veen going to school to learn and going to 
school to get a grade. They want an education, not 
just some marks on a piece of paper. 

My opinions grow fi-om experience. From 1992 
through 1994, 1 was honor code coordinator for the 
College of Humanities and Sciences. I was activeh- 
in\'ol\'ed with 50 cases invohing charges of honor 
code violations and worked vsith 65 students (more 
than 50 charged \sith cheating and almost a dozen 
who were bringing charges against others! and 28 
facult}-. During that time I developed some strong 
feelings about the honor s\-stem at \'CV and about 
academic integrit\- among the students here. 

\'CU's current honor sv^stem dates irom the earh' 
1990's. Until tiien, the MC\' campus had an old 
fashioned "lionor code," and the academic campus 
had a relatively minimal "Academic Integrity- 
PoUa." A number of p>eople felt that \'CU needed a 
more positive and more unified approach. 


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By the fall of 1991, a new system was in place, 
worked out by a university task force of students, 
administrators, and faculty from both campuses. 

The new policy left procedural differences 
between the MCV and academic campuses, but it 
pulled them together within a single policy and a 
unified philosophy. The whole university had a clear 
and consistent set of terms and definitions. The 
simple "Honor Pledge" for both campuses states: 
"On my honor, I have neither given nor received aid 
on this assigmnent." 

The policy defined six common-sense violations: 
cheating, plagiarism, facilitating academic dishon- 
esty (i.e., helping someone cheat), abuse of 
academic materials (i.e., destroying or hiding mate- 
rials that others might need), stealing and lying. And 
it established a broad, flexible system of punish- 
ments for violators. 

The new policy established a system of faculty 
"Honor Code Coordinators" in each school and 
college. These professors promote awareness of the 
honor code, advise students and faculty about the 
honor system, keep records of charges, and serve as 
judges for some alleged honor violations. 

Honor Councils on each campus are made up of 
equal numbers of students and faculty, and they 
hear cases where either students or faculty wish to 
appeal an honor code coordinator's decision or 
where the penalty for a violation might be suspen- 
sion or expulsion, punishments that Honor Code 
coordinators may not give. 

I became the College's honor code coordinator 
in the Spring of 1992. During the next two years, I 
listened to many concerned faculty members and 
distraught students, and I came to three conclusions 
about VCU's honor system. First, most students at 
VCU never even seriously consider cheating on their 
assignments. Second, when VCU students decide to 
cheat, they almost always do it reluctantly and 
shamefully, not systematically or calculatingly. And 
third, when VCU students cheat, they usually do it 

I was often puzzled by the foolish ways that VCU 
students chose to cheat. In one case a student 
actually typed out several pages from the required 
readings in the textbook and turned them in as a 

research paper. In several cases, students opened 
textbooks or notes and tried to read from them 
during proctored examinations. And there were 
other, similarly egregious cases. 

"Why?" I asked them. Invariably, the answers 
were the same. Facing an assignment or test they 
could not handle, the students had hit the panic 
button and done something stupid. When those 
rare situations arise, they don't plan it out or think it 
through. Cheating is something VCU students do at 
the last minute, as an act of desperation. They do it 
impulsively, blindly, because they suddenly panic 
and can't think of anything else to do. 

In fact, I concluded that most VCU students 
never even think about cheating. Of the more than 
50 students who were charged with violations 
during my two years as coordinator, 1 1 were clearly 
not guilty. And another was exonerated because the 
evidence was ambiguous, leaving a "reasonable 

At least 30 of the remaining students were gen- 
uinely penitent and ashamed of themselves. 
Considering the number of students, faculty and 
classes in the College of Humanities and Sciences, 
fewer than 10 cases of serious cheating in two years 
doesn't seem like a very large number. 

In fact, it seems to me that we see a pretty small 
number of cheating incidents for a university the 
size of VCU. Our honor system has problems, 
undoubtedly, and it surely needs the sort of periodic 
revisions that all administrative policies need from 
time to time. And indeed a review of the system in 
1994-95 produced several recommendations for 
change and improvement in the policy. 

But I don't believe that we need to worry about 
cheating, dishonesty, or a serious deterioration in 
the student body's standards of academic integrity, 
not here at VCU. Perhaps at the naval academy an 
"ethically corrupting system" has infected their 
small, tightiy knit smdent body. But at VCU, I think, 
basic standards of self-respect, decency, and 
personal academic integrity remain strong. 


Integrity Report 

In the years since 
1992, when records 
begin, the numbers 
of honor system 
charges have slowly 
and steadily 
increased. Since 
1992, William Duvall, 
Dean of Student 
Affairs for the 
academic campus, 
and Robert Clifton, 
Dean of Student 
Affairs for the MCV 
campus, have 
prepared annual 
reports on the honor 
system. Their 
reports show a 64 
percent increase in 
the number of honor 
violations charged 
between 1992-93 
and 1994-95. This 
could, of course be a 
higher reporting 
factor resulting from 
a more usable 

* 1 994-95: 55 
charges: 51 on the 
academic campus 
and four on the MCV 
campus. Five 
students found not 
guilty. The other 50 
students received 
punishments ranging 
from a grade of "F" 
in the class and 
honor probation to 
expulsion from the 

1993-94: 37 charges: 

29 on the academic 
campus and eight on 
the MCV campus. 
Seven students 
found not guilty. The 
other 30 students 
received punish- 
ments ranging from 
grades of "F" on 
assignments to sus- 
pension from the 

1 992-93: 35 charges: 

30 on the academic 
campus and five on 
the MCV campus. 
Seven students 
found not guilty. The 
other 28 students 
received punish- 
ments ranging from 
honor probation to 

•From 18,000 
students, including 
most of VCU's 
undergraduates, on 
the academic 
campus: 3,300 
students at MCV. 

*Memberofthe VCU Alumni 

1 930s 

Ann Cotrell Free '32-34, jour- 
nalist and environmentalist, was 
inducted into VCU's Virginia 
Mass Communications Hall of 
Fame in April. 

1 940s 

"Pat Royal Perkinson '46BS 
'56MS/H&S is ciiairperson and 
organizer of the volunteer 
Middlesex Heritage Tour 

1 950s 

Louis Michaux '59BS/MC 
wrote a novel, The Healing 
Journey, to be published by 
Carlton Press in New York City. 

Ed Peeples '57BS/E retired in 
1995 after 32 years in VCU's 
Department of Preventive 
Medicine and Community 
Health, but he hasn't slowed 
down. Ed and his wife, Karen, 
went to Vietnam in January and 
February and adopted a baby girl, 
Camille Thi Peeples. Routledge 
Press has published four of Ed's 
autobiographical essays in a book 
called Race Traitor. 

1 960s 

Roy Amason '68BS/B is vice 
president of Home Builders 
Association of Virginia. Roy is 
also president of Roy B. Amason 

Charles Arnold, William 
Gilfoyle, W.H. Goodwyn HI and 
*H. Binford Harrell— all '62BFA 
had a joint exhibit of their 
artwork in "Four Guys From RPl 
Reunited" at the gallery of the 

Wakefield Foundation, Inc in 
September, 1995. 

William Beville '65BS/SW 
was recognized nationally for the 
second year as Top Sales 
Performer in 1995 by Simon & 
Shuster's Higher Education 

*Judith Bomholdt '64BS/B 
won the 1995-96 award for 
adjunct faculty excellence at 
Southwestern College in Chula 
Vista, CA. Judith is an instructor 
in the Business Division. 

Anne Chaffins '68BS/SW is 
executive director of the Mental 
Heahh Association of 
Martinsville/Henr)' Count)', VA. 

Donald Clatterbough '69BS 
'75MED/E teaches physical edu- 
cation at Stonewall Middle School 
in Mechanicsville, VA. 

Abram Clymen '67BS/B is 
president of the Harrisonburg 
Rotary Club. Abram is the owner 
and CEO of Chesa Ltd. He also 
owns six Centerpoint Bookstores 
in Virginia and West Virginia, a 
dry cleaners/shoe repair shop, and 
several Dairy Queens at 
Harrisonburg, VA. 

W. Roy Grizzard '6885 
'72MED/E was appointed com- 
missioner of the Department for 
the Visually Handicapped by 
Virginia Governor George Allen. 
Roy,who is legally blind, brings 28 
years' experience in Henrico 
County Schools to the job. 

Gerald Hagen Jr. '69BS/B is 
now chairman of Terry, Slosch, 
Hagen, Dacey & Atwood. 

Dorothea Handy '65 BFA 
teaches in Chesterfield County's 
program for deaf and hard of 
hearing students at Salem Church 
Middle School. 

Edward Kerns '67BFA 
received the James P. Crawford 
Award for excellent teaching from 
Lafayette College in Easton, PA. 

'M. Kenneth Magill '65BS/B 
'69MS/E, VCU's 1995 School of 
Education Alumni Star, is 
division chief for administration 
in the Virginia Department of 
Education. He is president of the 
VCUAA and a member of the 
School of Education Alumni 
Association Board. 

Cynthia Vassar Matthews 
'69BFA was named forms 
manager for the State of North 
Carolina Department of Justice, 
Administration of Courts 
Division. Cynthia and her 
husband Scott live in Raleigh. 

*Randy Powell '68BS/MC is 
doing promotions for sports and 
fitness organizations, after 
working in marketing for Holly 
Farms for 17 years. Randy has 
also done some casting for moxies 


VCU African American Alumni of DC. sponsored a Reunion Reception 
on May 31 at tfie Fox Trappe Town Club on Washington's waterfront. 
The event brought 120 alumni together and raised more than S500 
toward a scholarship for an African American student from DC. Credit 
to alumni Chris Eure '84BS/H&S Rumae Foddrell '82BS/B Crystal 
Simpkins '93 BFA/ A, Jackie Tunstall-Bynum '83 BS/H&S Steve 
Bolden '85 BS/B, Todd Pilot '85 BS/H&S Larry Powell '85 BS/MC 
and Kenneth White '94BS/B who sparked the party. The group also 
organized a bus trip to Atlantic City in July. 

Missed the summer fun? Join them this fall. For information, call 
Kenneth White at (703) 780-9580 or Chris Eure at (301) 926-6596. 

The African American Alumni Council elected new officers in 
June — Marilyn Campbell '81 BS/MC president, Todd Pilot vice pres- 
ident, Regina Harris '82BS/B secretarv, Kenneth White treasurer. 
Michelle McQueen '83BS/B president elect. 

in Florida. He and his wi; - 
and daughter Jennifer live in 
Wilktsbfjro, NC. 

John Purndi Jr. •64MSW 
'78MPAyH&S received a Lifetime 
Achievement Award from the 
Virginia Chapter rjf the National 
Association of SfKJal Workeri for 
his "extraordinary contributions 
to human service programs" thai 
reach out to at-risk populations 
and Tor exemplifv'ing the social 
work values" that recognize "the 
dignity of all people." John tias 
been executive director for the 
Friends Association For Children 
in Richmond. 

•Mike Rozos '66BS/E is \ice 
president of marketing and sales 
for Recreational Design and 

WTiat do you think. Sis? Organizers 
Ste\e Bolden and Larry PovreQ and 
Larry's sister Tara Powell 
'93BS/MC arc happy w be herc- 

Dcfuiitdy. a fine parr.. Gaiin 
Latney '86BS/H(i-S. Kenneth 
Mtite and Derrick Artis 
'S5BS/Ti&S .ixTtV. 

3 ^ 

Time for a reif::i.'"L Derrick Webb 
^5BFA. guest Sheldon Gihscn. and 
party-^'er Rumae FodJreiL 


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Did you meet the eyes of your significant otfier across a crowded 
classroom at RPI or VCU? Did your fieart skip a beat when you met 
your future half at Chelf's or the Village? If so, we'd like to hear your 
story for a Valentine note in our next issue. Tell us how you met and 
what's going on in your lives now. Send your story to Shafer Court 
Connections. P.O. Box 843044, Richmond, VA 23284-3044 or email to 


Wanted! VCU Alumni to share their VCU experiences with prospec- 
tive students and to help the Admissions Office recruit them. Here's 
how you can help. 

• Volunteer to represent VCU at a college fair in your hometown. 
Contact Diane Stout-Brown at (804) VCU-ALUM (828-2586); 
email to 

• Send Admissions the names and addresses of interested high 
school students. Contact Delores Taylor, Associate Director 
of Admissions; P.O. Box 842526; 821 West Franklin Street; 
Richmond, VA 23284-2526. Call (804) 828-1 190; fax; (804) 
828-1899. Or call our 800 number: (800) 841-3638. Email to 

Construction, Inc. in Fort 

Francis Volante '62BS 

'74MS/E has retired after 25 years 
as Recreation Director at the 
Naval Surface Warfare Center. 
Francis is volunteering at Mary 
Washington Hospital in 
Fredericksburg and lives in King 
George, VA. 

1 970s 

Marie Bennett 70BS 
'75MED/E is director of educa- 
tion and institutional develop- 
ment for the Accrediting 
Commission of Career Schools 
and Colleges of Technology in 
Arlington, VA. 

Thomas Bond '71BFA was 
director of graphics and systems 
for the Richmond Times- 
Dispatch. He has been promoted 
to art director. Thomas's illustra- 
tion and design work has won 
awards from the Society of 
Newspaper Design and Virginia 
Press Association. 

Karen Bruning '70BS/B was 
among fifty Kennedy Space 
Center employees who were 
honored recendy for their exem- 

plary work at the nation's space- 
port. Karen is a senior program 
analyst at NASA. 

Larry Chavis'75BS/B was 
elected mayor of Richmond in 
May by his fellow city council 

Phil Chapman '76BFA is a 
potter and lives in Fredericksburg, 

Bernard Chirico '75BS '77MS 
'81PhD/H&S, formerly director 
of psychological services at Mary 
Washington College, has been 
named vice president for student 

Patricia Green Cotman 
'74MSW former director of 
public relations at LaRoche 
College in Pittsburgh, has been 
promoted to assistant to the pres- 
ident for community relations. 

Richard Crowder '74BA/H&S 
has been named senior vice presi- 
dent of Wheat First Butcher 
Singer, Inc. Richard is senior 
marketing project manager for 
the firm. 

Elizabeth Davis '76BS/E 
received a 1995 Presidential 
Award for Excellence in Science 
and Mathematics Teaching. 

Elizabeth teaches at Thomas Dale 
High School in Chester, VA. 

♦George Davis '71BS/B is 
chief financial officer and vice 
president of finance at Augusta 
Medical Center in Fisherville, VA. 

Karen Davis '76BS/MC has 
written a breed-specific pet care 
book, titled Somali Cats, A 
Complete Pet Owner's Manual, 
published in July by Barron's. 
Karen is working on two more 
books on cats. She's a senior 
writer for Trigon health insurance 
in Roanoke, VA. 

LaVerne Hughes Davis 
'75MED retired after 33 years in 
Richmond Public Schools. 
LaVerne is devoting more time to 
the music ministry at Fifth Baptist 
Church and continues to serve as 
a foster parent. 

*Robb Deigh '77BS/MC has 
joined Ryan'*McGinn, Inc. a top 
public and government relations 
firm in DC, as senior vice presi- 
dent. He had been the director of 
corporate information of the 
Public Broadcasting Service 

Pam SampseU Feibish 
'75BS/MC was named business 
editor of the Richmond Times- 
Dispatch. Pam had been associate 
editor of "Flair," the Times- 
Dispatch feature section, since 

William FiGart'73BS/E is 
president and owner of B.E.S.T. 
Insurance Agency, Inc, with loca- 
tions in Vinton, Salem, and 
Christiansburg, VA. 

♦Thomas Folke Jr. '76BGS/ 
H&S chairs the science depart- 
ment at Dinwiddle County Public 
Schools. He teaches high school 
science class and coaches cross 
country track and is "an avid 
canoeist." Tom and his wife 
Kimberly live in Chesterfield, VA. 

Barbara Grimm Fomoff 
clinical social worker in private 
practice with Pierrs Family 
Services in Fairfax, VA. Barbara 
and her family live in Springfield, 

Lynda Furr '79MED is assis- 
tant coordinator for emergency 
services for Chesterfield, VA. 

*Milbourne "Clay" GaUion 
'70BS/B was named merchandise 

manager of Moore's Lumber and 
Building Supplies in Roanoke, 

"^Susan Goodwin '76BFA is 
director of knitwear manufactur- 
ing in the Donna Buchman 
Division of Liz Claiborne, Inc. 

Joyce EUdn Gopper '77BS/E 
married Harris Gopper on 
January 28, 1995. Joyce received 
her MBA from Long Island 
University in 1993. The couple 
lives in Spring Valley, NY. 

♦Paul Grasewicz 
'76MURP/H&S is the county 
planner for Powhatan, VA. His 
wife Linda Buchanan Grasewicz 
'76MURP/H&S works in 
planning and research for Saint 
Joseph's Villa in Henrico County, 

♦Mitchel Haralson Jr. 
'74MS/H&S presented his paper 
"Survival Factors for Black 
Students on Predominately White 
Campuses," at the conference of 
the National Association of 
Student Personnel Administrators 
in Higher Education in March in 

♦Samuel Hudson '74BFA is 
listed in Marquis' Who's Who in 
American Education (1996-97) for 
his contributions to teaching and 
art. He is also listed in the 51st 
edition of Who's Who in America. 
Samuel and his wife Sara Magers 
'71BFA live in Lombard, IL. 

Barbara Ingram '75BS/E, 
executive pastor of the 
Metropolitan African-American 
Church, has been elected presi- 
dent of the Baptist Ministries 
Conference of Richmond and 
Vicinity. She is the Conference's 
first woman president. 

Robert Kenney '78BS/H&S 
'81DDS received the Navy and 
Marine Corps Commendation 
MEDal for his superior work at 
the National Naval Dental Center 
in Bethesda, MD. 

Katherine Lawson '75BS 
'87MPA/H8tS is executive 
director for Big Brothers & Big 
Sisters Services Inc. in Richmond. 

♦Katherine Lipscomb 
'76BS/E has enjoyed 20 years as a 
substitute teacher for K-3 
students. It's like going to a differ- 
ent country everyday," she says, 
especially on the days she teaches 




In high school in Richmond, Jonathan Romeo (Ro-mayo) was already a 
professional musician, writing songs and playing guitar with rock bands 
with names Hke RetroSpect and Trivia. Today, he finds himself perform- 
ing in Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall and hears his commissioned 
works premiered by ballet companies and symphony orchestras. 
Choosing classical composition was "scary," he admits — especially since 
his musical hero is Beethoven. But now he's a full-time composer, even 
sharing a program with Beethoven in February. (Still scary, but "a thrill.") 

At 21, a year of drama, music and art in London at the Royal College 
of Music "transformed my artistic side." Back in Virginia, as a lames 
Madison University undergraduate, a piece he wrote for the dance depart- 
ment won a competition and went on to the American Dance Festival. 
"One thing led to another," and since then more than 40 works for dance 
as well as many orchestral pieces have premiered from Richmond to 
Rome to Berlin. 

Music Department Chair David Cordle has called Romeo "one of the 
best students we have had." For lonathan, "VCU people were a huge part 
of my performing and composing career. I was exposed to such a wide 
circle of musicians. In Richmond you could hear everything from facult)' 
composer Dika Newlin, an atonal composer who was a student ot 
Schonberg's [and later a rock musician/composer], to the Ululating 
Mummies. I met all kinds of instrumentalists." In Virginia, grants from 
the state Commission on the Arts and others supported performances by 
his chamber group, the Lyric Ensemble, and gave Romeo the space to 
compose. A New Forms grant followed from the NEA and Rockefeller 

Romeo found faculty composer Allan Blank's guidance especially 
fruitful. "Allan's incredible, he's very intuitive. Fie has an ear for under- 
standing my process and helping me evolve my o\vn stv'le and tastes." 

Under Blank's mentorship, Romeo's String Quartet No. 2 
by the Shanghai Quartet in 1992 and the Richmond Sympho;, . ,-.. 
formed Kuins, his first orchestral piece, in 1994, It's appropriate thai 
Romeo takes over direction of the New Knsembic and bcgi: 
composition this fall after Blank's retirement. 

Others were impressed with Romeo. In 1990 he sent scores ar 
to Keith Ferrone, co-founder of the Florence Dance Theater, and .Sc-v. 
York choreographer William Soleau, Both were impressed enough to a.j 
for new pieces. Soleau described Romeo's mu^ic aj, "captivating, 
powerful, and beautifully danceable." In 1992, the Florence company 
danced Trasparenze in Rome and Washington. Tandem Spaces pre- 
miered in 1995 with the Richmond Ballet and the Richmond Symphony. 

"I love working with dance," he says. "It's an exciting way of looking 
at the problem of composition. There are always boundaries set, which a 
good, because when you're looking at a blank piece of paper, it's really 
daunting. The process of composition is making something out of 
nothing. Like sculpture, you have a big block of stone that you start whit- 
tling away. It's the same with notes." 

His career took another leap forward in 1992, when a chance meeting 
with patrons of Richmond's arts community "rocked my world." Their 
influence, he says, is the "spiritual force" that has brought material 
support for full-time composing. In 1997, the Richmond Symphony wiB 
premiere his Symphony No. 1 for it's fortieth anniversar)- celebration on 
February 8 and 10. Romeo's First, the Symphony's fortieth, and 
Beethoven's Seventh. "We chose Jonathan Romeo's work because he is a 
high profile figure in the Richmond arts community," sa^ the 
Symphony's Music Director, George Manahan. Jonathan adds, "I feel I 
have been working towards the s\'mphony my whole career. It's the most 
challenging form." 

Skill and connections are essential, but there's another reason for 
Romeo's success. People like his music. He's not contemptuous of 
melody. He can approach feehng and sentiment without sentimentality. 
Manahan concurs. "His music is appealing and attractive to audiences." 

Romeo points to eclectic roots in his rock and roll upbringing, with 
ethnic and all kinds of different classical music influences. M \'CL', he 
played with a jazz fusion group called Method of Reason. Perhaps this 
musical generosity is a key to his appeal. "My style is tonaL I use a lot of 
chordal and quintal harmonies. It's very melodic with memorable themes 
that I think the general public can relate to." Richmond music critic lohn 
McKay described Ruins as 'a hauntingly beautiful creation of combined 
styles and tonalities that ultimately appeal to even the most conser^^ative 
listener's innate sense of timelessness and beaut\\" 

Romeo's music has never simply followed form without feeling. His 
favorite song from his rock and roll era is "Try It .Again," a song he wrote 
about his granchnodier. "I was thinking about her long life, and all that 
she had done those SO rears, tr>ing to make the right choices. I wondered 
if there was an\thing she'd like to do over." He was 16. His grandmother 
came to the premiere, at Hard Times on Car>- Street. 

Clearly, Romeo is technically accomphshed and knowledgeable, with 
an understanding of many different st)'les. But there's more than tech- 
nique. The sensiti\in' he had as a teenager has stayed with him, and so 
ha\e his audiences. Speaking about his \'CU da)-s with .\llan Blank. 
Romeo made a telling comment about both of them. "He let me follow 
my heart." 





F.ALL 1996 


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pages. Check into what's hap- 
pening on campus, trade news 
and updates with classmates 
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VCUAA needs alumni volun- 
teers who will help their student 
"shadows" learn about the 
working world. Sponsor a 
student through the Alumni 
Extern Program, either Januan/ 
2-1 or at spring break, March 
10-14. Invite a student to work 
with you or "shadow" you at 
your job. 

Students who want to 
explore a career during a holiday 
break sign up for the program, 
and VCUAA matches them up 
with alumni in their fields. 
Students receive no academic 
credit or financial award for par- 
ticipating. The purpose is solely 
to learn from alumni who have 
made the transition from 
campus to workplace. 

Interested? Contact Diane 
Stout-Brown at (804) VCU- 
ALUM or email: vcu-alum 
© or check the box at 
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English as a foreign language. 
Katherine lives in Chester, VA, in 
an old schoolhouse, "Miss 
Minor's Academy," which her 
parents renovated. She v/ould like 
to hear from fellow alumni. 

Scott McCamey '76BFA was a 
guest of the "4th Studio of 
Imaging Technology" in Sao 
Paulo, Brazil, where he exhibited 
book work, conducted workshops 
and lectured at a network of edu- 
cational and cuhural institutions. 

Paul Mushala '75MS 
'78PhD/H&S has founded 
Mushala House publications and 
published a self-help, thought- 
for-the-day book with some 
unique features that make it 
easier to use effectively. Paul 
teaches at the University of 
Tennessee at Memphis Medical 
School and works as a clinical 
psychologist in chemical depen- 
dency and crisis intervention. His 
publishing company is also in 
Memphis, where he lives. 

Roger Neathawk '78MS/B 
'61BS/P is chairman and CEO of 
Marketing Strategies, Inc. (MSI). 
The company was awarded a 
Silver Pyramid at the Promotional 
Products Association Interna- 
tional 1995 Winter Show for 
excellence in execution of a 
promotional campaign. The 
award recognized MSI's 10-year 
anniversary celebration, designed 
like a 10-year-old child's birthday 

'77MD was promoted to profes- 
sor at the School of Medicine of 
Marshall University in 
Huntington, WV. 

Alpha Nichols '77MED 
retired from Richmond Public 
Schools in luly 1992 after 16 years 
as a teacher and 15 years as an ele- 
mentary school guidance coun- 

Winnie Hart Pitts '73 BS/B 
works for Lawyers Title Insurance 
Corporation as senior public rela- 
tions and advertising assistant. 
Winnie received the company's 
Outstanding Achievement Award 
for 1995. 

Jane Preston '75BS/E is 
director of the newly created 
Menninger Center for 
Telepsychiatry, the first in the 

country. She is also acting clinical 
director of the International 
Consortium on Telepsychiatry 
and president of the American 
Telemedicine Committee of the 
American Psychiatric Association. 
She is an associate professor at 
Baylor CoUege of Medicine and 
has been an examiner for the 
American Board of Psychiatry 
and Neurology. 

•Waltena Pride '76BS 
'83MED/E is a sixth-grade LD 
teacher at Albert Hill Middle 
School in Richmond. Wahena is 
also director of patient education 
for the Lupus Foundation of 
America-Central Virginia 

*Laurel Quarberg '75BFA is 
owner and president of The New 
Leaf in Norfolk, VA. Laurel won a 
1995-96 Virginia Commission 
For the Arts Individual Grant and 
a 1996 Mid-Atlantic Arts 
Foundation NEA Individual 

Alvin RiddeU '73BS/MC is a 
locomotive engineer for Amtrak 
and a freelance writer and pho- 
tographer for Passenger Train 
lournal and Vintage Rails. He 
lives in Mechanicsville, VA. 

Sandra Trott Riddell '75BS 
'79MED/E has been a teacher and 
librarian with Henrico County 
Public Schools for 19 years. 
Continental Cablevision of 
Virginia named Sandra 1995 
Educator of The Year for her use 
of cable programming in the 
classroom and its integration with 
the Virginia Pen (E-Mail) tech- 

■^Ted Robinson '76BS/H&S 
graduated with an MBA from the 
University of Delaware in 
January. Ted is a management 
representative for Delmarva 
Power and Light Company. 

Steve Segal '72BFA is the 
animator behind several scenes in 
the hit movie Toy Star)'. Some of 
Steve's other works are 
Futuropolis, and Brave Little 

principal analyst project leader 
for RVSM Project with Arinc, Inc. 
in Annapohs, MD. Harold retired 
from the Air Force in June 1991. 
He is now married to Sandi 

Tangorra SeO, and they live in 
Arnold, MD. 

John Stewart '70BS 
'73MED/E is the superintendent 
of Education Youth Services- 
district 210, and a court expert 
in juvenile corrections in 
Montgomery, AL. John is also 
adjunct professor at Faulkner 
University, vice chair for the 
Alabama Center for Law and 
Civic Education, and state 
evaluator for superintendents 
of education. 

*Keith Strohecker '74BS/B 
started his own Certified Public 
Accounting firm in June 1995. 

*Bessie Taliaferro '74MED is 
the mentor coordinator for 
Arthur Ashe's Virginia Heroes 
Inc. Bessie and her husband Ted 
will be celebrating their 50th 
wedding anniversary this year. 

Andrew Taylor III '79BS/MC 
was promoted to metro editor for 
the Richmond Times-Dispatch. He 
will also be supervising produc- 
tion of the weekly PLUS sections. 
Andrew holds writing and editing 
awards from the Florida and 
Virginia Press Associations. 

Gordon Van Ness '77MED 
has recently published Striking In: 
The Early Notebooks of James 
Dickey, with the University of 
Missouri Press. Gordon is associ- 
ate professor of EngUsh at 
Longwood College in Virginia. He 
also wrote Outbelieving Existence: 
The Measured Motion of James 

Patricia Walker '73BS/SW 
received an MA in counseling 
psychology in 1991 from I.E. 
Kennedy University in Orinda, 
FL. Patricia is working towards 
getting her California Marriage 
and Family Counseling License 
this fall. 

Robert Wood '70AS/ET 
'73BS/B was honored as the 1995 
Adjuster of the Year by the 
Virginia State Claims Association. 

Robert Wooding '76BFA, a 
certified herbalist, teaches herbal 
healing arts on his farm, and 
throughout Virginia. His business 
is Southern Virginia Herbals in 
Halifax, VA. 



1 980s 


office manager for (Common- 
wealth (Conlrad (ilass, Inc. in 
Chester, VA. 

*H. Todd Allen '85BS/B 
received his second Navy 
Achievement Medal for his out- 
standing performance as adminis- 
trative assistant in the Navy 
Dental Corps bureau of Medicine 
and Surgery in Washington. 

Anthony Awkard '83BFA 
now works at DHS Designs in 
Annapolis, MD. 

*Donna Barber '83BS/B 
married David Perry in |une of 
1991. Donna is a senior program 
analyst at OSF Health Care 

Merita Hall Barber 
'88BS/H&S '93MSW is program 
director at Tenneyson Center for 
Children and Families in Denver. 

Ke^in Beale '88BS/B married 
Stephanie Worsham on lune 15, 
1996. The couple lives in Ashland, 

Robert Biletch '89MS/B is 
director of analysis for Opinion 
Dynamics Corporation. Bob and 
his wife Liane are expecting their 
first child this spring. 

*Laura Maurer Blondino 
'82BS '89MBA/B married Les 
Blondino Jr. in January. Laura 
works with Les in their business, 
Strategic Home-Based Therapy 
Associates. They live in 
Lynchburg, VA. 

^Stephen Bobko '88BS/B 
married Melodie Matthews in 
March. Stephen is working on his 
doctorate in fisheries science at 
Oregon State University in 
Corvallis, OR. 

*Holly Boniface '86BS/E is an 
international account executive 
for United Parcel Service in 
Lynchburg, VA. HoUy has volun- 
teered with the University of 
Delaware and Randolph Macon 
Women's CoUege volleyball 

*Karen Spencer Bowker 
'89BS/AH '9 IMS/AH married 
Thomas Bowker '88BS/AH on 
June 3, 1995. They live in 
Chesterfield County, where 
Thomas is a residential counselor 
in mental retardation sendees and 
Karen is a serious mental illness 

case manager for (Chesterfield 
County Department of Menial 
Health/Mental Retardation and 
Substance Abuse Services. 

Paula Burke Brockenbough 
'81BS/E, her husband Allan and 
son F.amon, are proud to 
announce the addition of Fmily 
Aran to their family. Paula is a 
respiratory therapist at MCV 

Valerie Cason '88BS/B works 
at the Old Dominion University 
Webb Center. She and her sisters 
collaborated to offer a class called 
"The Total Women," a special 
tribute to the memory of their 

*Karen Carr '83BS/E '86MS 
'90PhD/H8(S is program manager 
at Henrico Mental Health 
Hospital, has a private practice, 
and consults with mission boards 
on trauma, grief and loss. 

Loren Cherensky '85BFA was 
the grand prize winner in the 
"Caress Before You Dress" 
lingerie design competition. 
Loren 's winning design was a 
champagne satin slip dress. 
Carolyn Kipps Chuck '81BFA 
married Douglas Chuck in 
September 1995. Carolyn is a 
marketing communications spe- 
cialist at CADMUS Journal 
Services, in Richmond. 
Jon Cobbs '83BS/MC is a market 
manager for Kentucky Fried 
Chicken in DC. 

Victoria Cobbs-Echols 
'86BS/B is team leader in custom 
accounts underwriting at CNA 
Insurance Companies in Brea, 
CA. Victoria and her husband 
Jonathan live in Perris, CA. 

David •95PhD/H&S and 
Eileen Judge Cohen '88MED 
recendy adopted a little girl from 
China named Bifeng. 

Keith Collins '80BS/E 
married Tammy Noblin on 
December 9,1995. Keith is athletic 
director for Prince George 
County Recreation Department. 
The couple lives in Prince George, 

*Nancy Cuffia '86BS/B was 
promoted last October to treasur- 
er at Virginia State University. 

Dennis Danvers '89MFA/A 
has had his novel Wildenwss 
picked up b)' Red Rooster 

Productions in Great Britain. 
They began production in March 
for a fall release in Great Britain 
on the ITV network. 

Laura DeMarco '87BFA is 
merchandise coordinator for Liz 
Claiborne, Inc. Laura is engaged 
to Scott Alan Hunt. The couple 
will live in Arlington, VA. 

Vonita Foster Dandridge 
'88PhD/E, library director at 
Virginia Union University in 
Richmond, has been appointed to 
the Hanover County School 

Janice Gailes '85BM/A 
'96BS/P holds VCU degrees in 
classical oboe and flute — and 
pharmacy. She and her husband, 
jazz pianist Skip Gailes, live in 
Richmond with their sons, Arthur 
and Louis. 

^Joseph Goss '86MBA joined 
SAP America where he has 
nationwide campus public rela- 
tions and recruiting responsibili- 
ties. He lives in Somen'ille, MA. 

*Ronnie Greene '86BS/MC 
won the 1995 Investigative 
Reporters and Editors Medal with 
two other Miami Herald reporters 
for "Crime and No Punishment," 
an eight-part series on South 
Florida's criminal justice system. 

^Kathleen Grzegorek 
'82BA/H8cS has opened her own 
law firm in Los Angeles, specializ- 
ing in immigration and nationali- 
ty law. 

BUI Harris '86\L\Ed/A 
earned his PhD in art education 
from Ohio State University in 
March 1996. 

Brian 'SOBS/HStS and his wife 
Kathryn Grabinsky Har\'ey 
■89BFA own World of Mirth, 
which has moved off-campus 
from Grace Street to Caritown in 
Richmond. The store sells house- 
hold items, toys and collectibles 
from the '40s, '50s and "60s. 

Laura Quine Heinle 
'88BS/MC married Thomas 
Heinle on September 23, 1995. 
The couple lives in Fairfex, \'A. 

Jamie Heuron '89BS/E is 
head tennis pro at Robious Sports 
and Fitness Center in Richmond. 

Linda Hodges '88MSW was 
named assistant clinical coordina- 
tor for the Peninsulas Critical 
Incident Team. Linda works for 

VCU Doer 

Robert Rigsby '75MS 


Doing; Became Executive Vice 

President with Virginia Power on 

January I, capping hi* IS-ytat cuter 

with llie utility. Rigtby headt Vttion 

2000, the company's sUategic 

planning effort, which is preparir>g a 

game plan for 


Power's post 



Rigsby W.1 
named to the 
VCU Board of 
Visitors this 
summer. His 
strong ties with the S»iiool oi 
Business led to his award as the 
School's Alumnus of the Year for 
1995. Rigsby has sened on the 
School's alumni board, and he has 
been active on the Business Cound] 
and as a Graduate Mentor. He fre- 
quently supports the School's 
Thalhimer E\ecutive-In- 
programs by organizing and holding 
the meetings at Virginia Power. 

Rigsby is a loyal son of both his 
alma maters, and also sits on the 
board for the Unrversity of 
Richmond. He is as committed off 
campus, saving on the boards of the 
Richmond Symphony and the 
Xlrginia Foundation of Independent 
^BMe: *As an alumnus, i want to 
see the university continue to grow 
and improve the quality of its 
programs. This wiU benefit all 
alimuii as die vahie of their degrees 
appreciate. In addition, V(^' is 
ijor Ibrce in the Richmond 

unity and will be a key pby^er 

ittiacting new business and 

ing the area's quality of life. I 

« VCU's hiture is bright and i 

It to continue to be a part of iL' 



Charlotte Fischer 7 IBS/B 


Charlotte Fischer has been an avid retailer most of her Ufe. When 
she played store with her mother as a little girl, mom would have 
to play dead in order to end the game. The game became real 
when she used to help out in the family's florist shop. Eventually, 
the little girl who played store became the youngest woman to run 
a New York Stock Exchange company — Claire's Boutiques, a 
national jewelry and accessory chain. During her five-year tenure 
at Claire's, she built the company from 300 to 1,100 stores. Sales 
increased from $74 million to $257 million. 
Fischer is not your typical CEO. She has never worn a pin-stripe suit in her hfe, advice she went against when 
she first entered the corporate world. "I've never tried to be man in a man's world. 1 had to be me. I enjoy being a 
woman," she says. She is also probably one of the more height-challenged executive officers in the corporate 
world. But so what? The dynamism, energy and activity packed into this woman's 61 inches is evident in the first 
five minutes you speak vrith her. 

Fischer has a penchant for making her dreams reality. "I like to dream dreams and then build a company. The 
most challenging aspect of being a CEO is change. Change is the hardest thing for people to face. As a visionary 
you're already ahead. Then your challenge is to bring the organization along with you," she explains. 

Fischer is building a company now at Paul Harris Stores Inc., where she has been acting on her vision as 
Chairman of the Board, President and CEO since January, 1995. Under her leadership, Paul Harris, a specialty 
retailer of private-label women's casual wear, has moved from a lackluster performance in 1995 to a record net 
income of $138,000 during the first quarter of 1996. 

While Paul Harris is thriving, Fischer notes, "This has been a terrible year for retailing in America. The market 
is over-stored, and companies are not keeping pace with the American consumer." Fischer observes that clothes 
are just not at the top of people's shopping list anymore, and women have changed the way they dress, taking a 
more casual approach. There are no longer separate clothes for careers, church, dress, and casual. Many pieces 
overlap in the way women structure their wardrobe. "Paul Harris's casual sportswear niche is a good one. We 
have a good foundation — we want to have hundreds of stores and to be one of the greats of the future with our 
own national brand. Our goal is to be a moderately priced Ann Taylor. We think there is a great opportunity for 
those retailers who stay ahead of the trends," she says. 

One of the trends is neighborhood retailing in suburban areas. "Paul Harris has and wiU keep stores in 
regional malls. We are also putting new stores in strip malls in order to expand the breadth of convenience we can 
offer our customer. There is a new way of shopping for the American woman now," she says. "The consumer of 
the 1990s faces overactivity in her life; she is time-harassed. Now she can stop by quickly on her way home from 
work and not have to make a special trip to a mall to shop Paul Harris. In addition to expanding store locations, 
we are thinking about the Web." 

Things have definitely changed since Fischer's college days. She reminisces, "Of course when I was in coUege 1 
liked to shop downtown at Thalhimers and Miller & Rhoads and at WiUow Lawn. You would always have lunch 
at Bill's Barbecue on Broad Street when you went out there. Those were the days where you still wore a hat and 
gloves to go shopping and your dates escorted you back to your dorm where your dorm mother was waiting." 
Things changed radically while Fischer was attending VCU. "We went from being required to wear dresses on 
campus to wearing bell bottoms. And RPI became VCU." 

Fischer says she enjoyed her education at VCU. "I chose VCU specifically for its retailing program. The retail- 
ing degree had an executive training program where you were linked with a key retailer. 1 have always enjoyed the 
fashion side of business, but I realized that I enjoy growing and running a business, and VCU gave me a great 
foundation. The professors made the classes exciting; that made VCU a good choice." 

Women are often more aware of the choices they must make to find balance in their lives, and Fischer is more 
than satisfied with hers. Away from the office, her life is filled with volunteer work on several boards, including 
the Boy Scouts and Girls Inc., gardening and her two Maltese dogs, Humphrey and Bogart. "I am a lucky 
woman," she says. "I have lived in New York, Chicago and now Indianapolis. I love to travel, and I travel a great 
deal with my career. I have had an exciting life! I have a wonderful marriage, with an understanding husband, 
Stan. I do what I love, and that makes it all easier." 


Middle Peninsula / Northern 
Neck Counseling Center as a 
licensed clinical social worker 

■^Linda Holsinger '86BS /MC 
is now director of public relations 
for The Packett Group. 

Angela Hopkins '89BS 
'91MURP/H&S was promoted to 
the director of planning for Surry 

Morgan Joe Jr. '85BS/H&S 
received a Doctor of Chiropractic 
degree from Cleveland 
Chiropractic College of Kansas 
City, MO. 

Elizabeth Johnson 
'80BA/H8cS has become a certi- 
fied skin care and image consul- 
tant with BeautiControl 

Antonis Katsiyannis '86MED 
is an associate professor at the 
University of Nebraska-Kearney, 
in special education/communica- 
tion disorders. 

Michael KeUer '89MFA/A 
had two poems, "Snapper" and 
"The Choice," published in the 
Southern Review. 

Ronzo Lee '83BS/H8cS is now 
a licensed and ordained minister. 
Ronzo is the evangelist and 
teacher on the weekly radio 
broadcast, "Moments In The 
Word." He is also founder and 
leader of the "We Believe" 
ministry at MCVH. 

Elizabeth Payne Lowe 
'82MS/H8{S was named director 
of the joint CUnch Valley College 
and University of Virginia contin- 
uing education programming. 
Elizabeth and her family live in 
Abingdon, VA. 

Renee Mason '89BS/H8tS 
joined the active medical staff at 
Johnston Memorial Hospital. 
Renee and her husband Brian 
have a private practice at the 
Abingdon Foot and Ankle Clinic 
in Abingdon, VA. 

Rebecca Parker McCormack 
'84MBA/B was correspondent 
research analyst for Wheat First 
Butcher Singer Inc.'s investment 
strategy department. Rebecca has 
been promoted to senior vice 
president of the firm. 

*Laura Bland McFadden 
'85BS/MC is a staff writer at The 
Danville Register & Bee. Laura 
covers state government. 



Congress, environmental issues 
and health care issues. She won 
two Virginia I'res.s Association 
writing awards in Icbruary. 

Kenneth McLawhon 
'87BA/H&S is town manager of 
South Boston, VA. He is working 
on a master's degree at Old 
Dominion University. 

'Robert Minteer '84MS/B is 
vice president of Gyrus Systems, 
Inc. The company i.s located in 
Moorefield Office Park in 
Chesterfield, VA. 

Gary Mitchell '83BS/E '86 
'91MURP/H8tS now works as 
chief of comprehensive planning 
with Ronaoke County, VA. 

*Paul Morales '82BA/H&S 
and his wife Tammy announce 
the birth of their daughter 
Hannah Marie on April 26, 1996. 
Hannah's older brother Matthew 
is two. 

"Elizabeth Morgan 
'86MFA/A was included on the 
map of twentieth-century authors 
last year. Elizabeth is working on 
a translation of Euripides' Electra. 

GaU O'Hara 'SSBA/H&S pub- 
lishes her own magazine, 
Chkkfactor, and is running an 
independent record label called 

Holly 0'Nea'86BS/MC 
married Christopher Rink on 
January 20,1996. The couple lives 
in Norfolk. 

Sheryl Pannell '86Cert/B was 
promoted to audit manager at 
Clifton, Gunderson, & Company. 

Leslie Parrish '89BS/E '95C/B 
earned her second degree in May 
1995. Leslie married Donald 
Crockett Jr '72DDS in May 1996. 

Garland "Roy" Peay Jr. 
'88BS/B and Linda Headley-Peay 
'94BS/MC celebrated the birth of 
their son Tyler Headley Peay, 
born June 8, 1995. Roy is a 
contract officer at Defense 
General Supply Center. Linda is a 
stay-at-home mother. 

Anne Patera '84BS/B has 
been appointed to Virginia's 
Alcoholic Beverage Control 

* Robert Putney 
'83BGS/C8tIP works for Philip 
Morris as a senior inventory 
planner in Machinery Technology 
Center in Newport News. 

William Reese '86BS/H&S 
'94MED is assislant principal at 
Amelia County High School in 

Darlene Hambright Reily 
'84BFA is a graphic designer for 
the Virginia Department of 
(>)n,servalion and Recreation. 

'Randall Saufley'85BS/B 
married Jennifer Barrett, 
February 17, 1996. Randall is a 
CPA and controller for Craigie, 

Thomas Schehl '87BS/H8(S 
received an MS in environmental 
engineering from Virginia Tech. 

Julia Shieken '89BA/H&S 
'89BS/MC and her brother 
''William Shieken '92BS/MC 
started their own artist represen- 
tative firm called Envoy. They 
work out of Bethesda, MD and 
Richmond. Julia will marry in 

''Kermit Skinner Jr. 
'88BS/H8cS is town manager of 
Manteo, NC. Kermit was 
appointed to a two-year term on 
the Community and Economic 
Development Committee of the 
North Carolina League of 

Byron Smalley '82BA;H&S 
has worked as an attorney in the 
oifice of chief counsel of the IRS 
for eight years. B)Ton was recently 
transferred to the IRS's office in 
San Francisco, CA. 

Susan Strother '84BS/MC, 
formerly tourism reporter for The 
Orlando Sentinel, has been 
promoted to assistant Orange 
County editor. 

Mark Szafranski •87BS/H&S 
married Karen Rooney on 
October 28, 1995. Mark owns 
Metro Sound and Music 
Company in Richmond, where 
the couple lives. 

•Al Thacker '83BS/B has been 
appointed assistant \ice president 
- internal audit at La\ners Title 
Insurance Corporation's head- 
quarters in Richmond. 

assistant commonwealth attorney 
for Buchanan Count\'. 

David '88BFA and Kari 
Vansanford '91BFA celebrated 
the birth of their daughter Jenna 
Raine, born May 20,1995. 

''Donna Vick'83BS/B 
'94MED was one of sL\ graduate 

students who studied with Reg 
Revans, the "Father of Action 
I.carning," when he came from 
England as the Scholar- in 
Residence for the VCU's Division 
of Educational Studies. Since 
then, Donna has participated in 
presentations about action 
learning in Italy, England and 
Boston. Donna has been awarded 
a three-year scholarship for a doc- 
torate at the Revans Centre for 
Action Learning and Research at 
the University of Salford in 

Janet Warman '82MED was 
granted tenure and promoted to 
associate professor at Elon 
College in NC. 

♦James Whelen II r87BS/B 
works in Baltimore, .VID for Alex 
Brown and Sons, Inc. lames is 
vice president of equity trading. 

*Harry Whitt '80BS '93MS/B 

was elected treasurer of King 
William (U)unn, VA. 

'Jame« Wiljiamt 'fMBS/H&S 
is a sergeant in the 
Police Ucpartmeni , ^ ^ 
ated from the 183rd iouon of the 
FBI's .S'ational Academy at 
Quantico, VA. 

1 990s 

Pamela Moore Armstrong 
'91 BM/A made her debut as 
Mimi in Lm Boheme at the Sevt 
York City Opera. Over the next 
two years Pamela will sing the 
role of Countess Almaviva in 
Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro 
and principal roles in .Mozart's 
Don Giovanni and Bizet's Carmen 
in Houston, Paris, and Bordeaux, 

Setli Barber '90BFA is senior 
project manager for W.L Kieding 


When President Will Flynn '81BFA (third from leni 'o^"ce:: '^'anWin 
Street Communications in 1986. he set outto create a c-:-e~= : a 
atmosphere in which VCU alumni could thrive. At their ten-yea' 
anniversary, the company has certainly found its place in the sun. The 
alumni roster reads (left to right): Designer Rob Gonzalez 'SeBFA 
Senior Graphic Designer Frank Gilliam '91BFA 3_s^~e55 '.'5-=je" 
Rodney Wilt '88BS/B. Traffic/Mea a Wa-age- Midge Whitehead 
Stanton (3 years at VCU). Senior Graphic Designer Bob Riggs 
'89BFA. and Account Manager Judy Fleming Malloy '93BS/MC 

Take a look at Franklin Street des gr a: t-e _ r-=^. c" . -g - 3 s -'irst 
exhibit in their new building, under construction c" East B-ca:; Sfeet. 
or the website for Eskimo Pie: www.esv — r ;:ch for their 

commercials about the ER and 359-WE . .r r.-n Secours- 

Richmond Health Corporation. Over the next two years, the firm v«II 
implement its plan for Maymont ~ ? capital campaign. Their 

own website is www.franklinstree" 


F A L I 19 9 6 

"/ really enjoy learning. " Elizabeth Phillips '96BS/H&S could say that. Her 
23-year study of physics — with sidetrips — finally led to graduation, and 
helped her outlast most of the faculty. 

Her VCU odyssey began shortly after her marriage to husband Ed, when 
she started taking classes. As each of her four sons were born, she dropped out, 
but always returned to the classroom. "I guess, in a way, it was like tennis or 
bridge for me, " recalls Phillips. "When things got crazy, I'd go study. " Even 
now, she's not resting on her academic laurels. "I think I'll start studying for 
the Graduate Record Exam. " 


They are three of our newest alumni, of course. 

Together. They dress alike, the)' are both Eagle Scouts, they even use the same 
intricate, color-coded system to chart their studies and their lives. It's not so 
surprising that Lament '96BS/B and Lawrence Flowers '96BS/H&S have 
nearly perfect CPAs — Lamont in accounting, Lawrence in biology — and full 
graduate fellowships to the University of Iowa, where they'll work toward doc- 
torates in their fields. 

Where did they get so organized? From their first week on campus, VCU's 
Office of Academic Support was a second home to the Flowers brothers. "Dr. 
Quincy Moore, the director, has been very helpful with that transition from 
high school, " they say. "In college, the work is more intense, it's not just mem- 
orizing. We had to learn how to understand. " And once they set up their 
system, the Flowers stayed to organize ex'eryone else. Tlie office celebrated 20 
years of helping students like the Flowers in February. 

Associates, Inc. Seth is married to 
Merita Hall Barber '90BFA. 
*Brian Bennett '95BS/H&S is 

the graduate assistant athletic 
trainer at the College of William 
and Mary where he is working on 
his MED. Brian passed the 
National Athletic Trainers 
Association exam in November 

*Rodney Berry '95BS/H&S 
teaches chemistry at Armstrong 
High School in Richmond. 

♦William Beverly '92BS/H&S 
'94MSW is the Helpline Network 
director with the Metropolitan 
Richmond Coalition Against 

Edward Boyce '92BA/H&S 
received a degree from Union 
Theological Seminary in 

John Bozicevic '90BS/MC is 
an advertising account executive 
for The Arizona Republic/Phoenix 

•Michelle Charles Brown 
'95BS/H&S is assistant research 
specialist at Advanced BioScience 
Labs in Kensington, MD. 

Brian Bullock '83BS/P 
'91 MBA has been promoted to 
senior vice president of sales and 

marketing at Pharmacy Gold, Inc. 
Kathleen Burns '91MSW is a 

licensed clinical social worker and 
master addiction counselor at 
Lake Counseling Associates. 

*Lisa Burroughs '95BS/H&S 
works in Virginia's Division of 
Forensic Science. 

Kristen Merge Caldwell 
'94BS/MC married Robert 
Caldwell |r. on November 11, 
1995. Kristen is staff writer for 
The Progress Index. The couple 
lives in Richmond. 

Chad Cameron '94BFA has 
an illustration business in Atlanta 
and has done projects for clients 
like IBM, Worldbook 
Encyclopedia, the Kennedy 
Center, Georgia Pacific — and 
Shafer Court Connections 
("COPS" cover. Winter '96). 

Bonnie Clatterbough 
'94MED is a mathematics teacher 
at Hermitage High School in 

Clyde Coats III '92BS/E was 
selected by the US Field Hockey 
Association to coach at the 1996 
USFHA summer camp and at the 
1995-96 AAU lunior Olympics. 

Susan Coppedge '93BS/B 
works for Trigon. She is engaged 

to Linwood Theodore Wells III. 

Kristina Chapman Craig 
'92BFA married Michael Craig on 
February 10, 1996. Kristina is 
assistant director at Centerville 
Children's Center. The couple 
lives in Richmond. 

Dana Dabney '91BGS/H&S 
married Elvert Minor in 
December 1995. Dana is a 
program support technician at 
Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation 
Center in Fisherville, VA. 

Charles Davis '91 BS/B has 
been assigned to a remote air base 
in the Republic of Korea with a 
follow-on assignment in Europe. 

Robert Eaves '95BS/H&S is a 
navy constructionman with Navy 
Mobile Construction Battalion 74 
in Gulfport, MS. 

Dawn Eckhout '90MED has 
joined Metro Information 
Services as a human resources 
generalist. She is married and has 
a daughter, Killian. 

♦Rose Elliot '95MFA/A has 
poems in The Charlotte Poetry 
Review and The Small Pond 
Magazine of Literature. 

Cynthia Fariey '90BFA 
married David Francis King Ir. on 
April 27, 1996. Cynthia is office 

manager for Graves Insurance 
Agency Inc. in Fredericksburg. 

*Sean Fitzgerald '93BS/MC 
has joined the staff of Compufer- 
world Newspaper. 

"Freddie Fuller '93BS/H&S, 
motorpool manager of Olympic 
Village 1996, is engaged to 
Alitasha Courtney '96BS/B. 

Ann-Elizabeth Godsey 
'92MS/AH married William 
CapeU '90BS/B '94C/Diet on 
October 14, 1995. Ann is 
pursuing post-graduate studies at 
VCU. The couple lives in 

Michael Gross '94BS/MC and 
his wife Lisa Elmore '94BS/H&S 
have moved from Richmond to 
Columbus, GA to help get their 
hockey franchise, the 
Cottonmouths, up and skating. 
Michael is director of marketing 
for the franchise. 

married L. Maria Robbins 
'93BFA in May 1996. Daniel is a 
foreign currency dealer in New 
York City. 

Raymond Harrison Jr. 
'94MSW recently became a 
licensed clinical social worker in 
Virginia. Ray provides individual, 



group, and family counseling at 
Scott County Mental Health 
Center in Virginia. 

♦Charles Hester '91 MS/E is 
the director of the Pctcrshurg, VA 
Recreation Department. 

Steven High '95 MBA was the 
director of VdJ's Anderson 
Gallery for eight years. He is 
leaving VCU to direct the Nevada 
Museum of Art. 

interior designer for Arrington 
Commercial Interiors in Virginia 

Stephen Hundley '93BGS/ 
C&PA '95MED has been com- 
missioned as a second lieutenant 
through the Army ROTC 

Yolanda Jackson '91 MED 
works for VCU as a Student 
Activities Specialist. 

Agymah Kamau '92MFA/A 
expects his first novel, Flickering 
Shadow, to be published by 
Coffee House Press in 
Minneapolis this fall. 

Lisa Kaplan '93 MED is a 
guidance counselor at J.R. Tucker 
High School in Henrico County, 
VA. Her daughter, Rachel 
Elizabeth, was born on January 4, 

Elizabeth KeUy '92BA/H&S 
married Jeffrey Parker in January 
6, 1996. The couple lives in 
Norfolk, VA. 

Angela King '95BS/B married 
Darrin Gillus on April 20, 1996. 

Angela is a staff accountant at 
I.oudon Hospital in I.eesburg, VA. 

Lara Koplin '92BEA paints 
floor coverings, wall finishes and 
furniture. She specializes in 
mo.saic designs. 

Michael Lanoue Brady 
'92BA/H&S graduated from 
Southern Baptist Theological 
Seminary in May 19% as a Master 
of Divinity. 

♦Victoria Levy '90BS/B has 
joined Rose Architects as the 
firm's business manager. 

Dawn Katrina Lewis 
'95MS/H&S, a doctoral candidate 
in psychology, was chosen by 
Ebony magazine as one of the "50 
Leaders of Tomorrow" in its 
November 1995 issue. Dawn was 
a VCU School of Graduate 
Studies Fellow and a State 
Graduate Dean's Fellow. Last 
spring she received VCU's Black 
History in the Making award 
from the Department of 
Psychology and from Afro- 
American Studies. She is co-chair 
of the national organization of 
American Black Psychologists. 

Amy Lovekamp and Everett 
Taylor, both '93BS/H&S, were 
married in Stuarts Draft, VA on 
December 16, 1995. Amy received 
her MA in Counselor Education 
from Wake Forest University in 
May '95. Everett is an Intelligence 
Specialist for the U.S. Navy, sta- 
tioned on the USS Independence 
in Yoko Suka, Japan, where the 
couple lives. 

♦Robert Lumley Jr. '95MBA 
is an income propert)' appraiser 
for First Union Mortgage 
Corporation in Richmond. 
Robert was elected to Beta 
Gamma Sigma National Business 
Honor Society' and Alpha Sigma 
Gamma International Real Estate 
Honor Society in April 1995. 

Sandra McKinnon 
'93MFA/H&S and her husband 
Blackwcll Shelley Jr. welcomed 
baby daughter Madeleine 
Christina Shelley on December 
16, 1995. The family lives in 

♦James Meisner '93BA/MC 
married 'Amy Ruth '92BA/H&S 
on August 26, 1995 in Gloucester, 
VA. Amy is editor of The 
Goldfinch, an award-winning 
children's magazine. She also sold 
an article to Mademoiselle maga- 
zine for the June, 1996 issue. Jim 
is communications coordinator 
for The Institute of Social and 
Economic Development. The 
couple live in Iowa City. 

♦Robert Mills '93MBA was 
promoted to vice president at 
BB&T. Robert joined the bank in 
1995 and is computer operations 
data center manager in the 
systems operations department in 

Christopher Morgan 
'93MURP/H&S is a planner with 
the.Charleston County Planning 
Department in Charleston, SC. 

John Morgan '91MFAyA had 
an exhibition of drawings and 
mixed media work at the Hunt 
Gallery of Mary Baldwin College 
this past winter. 

♦Janet Murphy '95MA/A is cur- 
rently self-employed as a architec- 
tural historian. 

Biljana Obradovic '91MFA/A 
received her PhD from the 
University of Nebraska, Lincoln 
in May 1995. Biljana is teaching at 
Drake Universit)' in Des Moines, 

Caria Sturzenbecher 
O'Grady '90BS/MC works tor 
O'Keefe Marketing in Richmond. 

Gail Patrick '95BS/B is 
business office manager at 

Robioas Sports and Fitneu 
Center, in Richmond, 

♦Mdinda Pearwn '95BS/B » 
engaged to': 
work.* at the • , 
Compensation Commmjon. 

Craig Pommol '94BS^ is a 
sales reprcsentalivc with Ftrguv^n 
Enterprises, Inc. in BU< .rv 

Sara Press '95BA/H&S 
married Joseph Ferguson m 
October 1995. The couple lives in 
Bridgewater. \'A. 

Daniel Redmon '93BS/H&S 
returned from a four-month 
overseas deployTnent to the 
Persian Gulf and Western Pacific 
Ocean aboard the guided missile 
frigate USS Curts. While in the 


Always start out with a good breakfast. On Commencement morning. May 18. alu- = : --ociation staf 
from both campuses made sure 500 graduates and their families were readv to *=re : ; . . : ; Ol:' c'-oss- 
dlsciplinary trio, left to right on left, are Ken IVIagill '63BS/B '69tVlS/E Mike Dishman '74DDS B'c Jack 
Amos '68BFA 

Families and friends had a relaxed moment before the formal day began. But proud and haopy smiles 
were already bursting out all over the room. And who would have f^oug^t s=l.53095 =-:: eccs .-. r_ :: re 
hilarious? Servers at the ready are Jerri Levandowski '95MSW Gertie Atkinson '87BS/AH Stephanie 
Holt '74/E, Bob Almond '74BS/B '85MED/E and Cheri Magill '81 MED No speecr^es: we just had fun." 
someone summed up. 


F -M I 19 9 6 


VCU's Career Center introduces the disk-less Web Registration. With 
this tool, students and alumni can develop a resume and submit it to 
the Career Center via the World Wide Web. 

After the Career Center receives your resume and registration, 
you can view current job listings for experienced alumni and for new 
graduates directly on the Web — and you will be included in the Career 
Center's candidate database for referral to employers who have jobs 
available now. 

Job seeking alumni from both campuses are eligible for this 
service. Even though you can still register on disk, many alumni 
outside of Richmond will find Web access convenient. Web or disk 
service is $1 5 and in place by September. For more information on 
IstPlace! Web Registration, contact Susan Walker at swalker@saturn. 

The Career Center's web page has information on services and 
web links to many other job sites. Visit our website at http://wvw\/. Contact VCU's Career Center 
at the University Student Commons, 907 Floyd Ave., Room 130; 
Richmond, VA 23284-2007. Open M-Th 8am-6pm: F 8am-4;30 pm, 
or call (804)828-1645. 


Did you know there are almost 100,000 alumni? Our graduates are 
working in every state and in every profession and have expertise in 
any field you can imagine. Want to find them? 

Coming in 1997, the comprehensive VCU Alumni Directory. 
Watch for a questionnaire in your mail in early 1 997. Please send it 
back to us even if there is no change, so your classmates can find 
you. The mailing will also include an order form. Only the number of 
directories ordered will be printed, so if you want a directory, order it 
then. The directory will be available as a softcover book or a CD ROM, 
for about $35. 

Many alumni have asked the VCU and MCV Alumni Associations to 
sponsor travel opportunities, so we are organizing our first trip for 
March 1997. This is a good way to enjoy camaraderie with your fellow 
alumni and learn something new. You will also meet Virginia alumni 
from James Madison University and the University of Virginia, who 
will be traveling with us. 

On our first trip, spend a week exploring Austria's history, art and 
music. Talk about it with old and new friends over sumptuous food. 
The tour includes airfare to and from Munich, scenic motorcoach 
transport between Munich and Salzburg, and seven nights in Salzburg 
at a five-star hotel with daily breakfast buffets. Design your own 
adventure, with optional events like a two-hour walking tour of 
Salzburg, skiing excursions, and day trips to Vienna and the Lake 
District. All of this for about $1 ,000 a person. 

Interested? Call, write or email your Alumni Office for more infor- 
mation. We hope this is only the first of many opportunities for alumni 
to explore the world together while building stronger ties to their 

Persian Gulf Daniel's ship helped 
enforce the international embargo 
against Iraq and participated in a 
multinational exercise with the 
lapanese Navy. 

Sheri Reynolds '92MFA/A 
published her second novel, The 
Rapture of Canaan, last fall. She is 
currently doing readings around 
the country. 

Tracye Beard Riddick 
'94Cert/H&S, formerly the 
director of marketing for Greater 
Richmond Transit Company, has 
opened a new advertising and 
public relations firm in 
Mechanicsville, VA called New 
Ventures Marketing and Public 

Stephen Satterwhite '92BS/B 
and his wife Lisa '93BA/H&S cel- 
ebrate the birth of their first child, 
Allison Lee, born September 1, 
1995. Lisa is a kindergarten 
teacher in Henrico County, and 
Stephen is a financial analyst with 
Signet Bank. The family lives in 
Mechanicsville, VA. 

Michael Scholz '92BFA 
received his MA in painting from 
Long Island University/C.W. Post 
in September 1995, and teaches 
art. Michael and his family live in 
Holbrook, Long Island, NY. 

Renea Seldon '94BS/E and 
David Burkholder plan a 
September wedding. Renea works 
for the city of Ale,\andria. 

*Lisa Shaver '95BS/H&S 
married Timothy Collier on 
February 17, 1996. Lisa is a substi- 
tute teacher for Charlottesville 
and Abermarle Counties in VA. 

Mercedes Sprouse '92BS/MC 
is an international broadcast jour- 
nalist for the Voice of America in 
Washington. Mercedes co-hosts a 
two-hour live morning news 
program targeted for East Asia. 

*Donna Nuckols Power 
Thrift '90MACC/B married 
Wade Thrift in September 1995. 
Donna works for Hamilton 
Beach/ Proctor-Silex, Inc. 

♦Matthew Tessier '93BS/E is 
the Greek programs alcohol and 
risk management educator at the 
University of Kansas in Lawrence. 
Matthew married Cyndra Flynn 
'94BS/MC on May 25,1996. 
Cyndra is a graduate intern in 
student activities and health edu- 

cation for Indiana University of 

Amy Tudor '94MFA/A 
recently won a $3000 Individual 
Artist Fellowship from the 
Virginia Commission for the Arts 
to complete her book of poems, 
Tiie Land of Intention. 

Peter Vemimb '92MED is 
assistant principal at Brooke 
Point High School in Stafford 
County and director of curricu- 
lum and staff development for the 
school system. 

Mundy Viar '93BS/E moved 
to Oakland, CA last year, where 
he is director of program devel- 
opment for the Blue Devils, a 
non-profit youth organization. 

received his MED from UNC- 
ChapelHillinl995. Heisan 
instructional designer with 
Motorola, RTP, where he is devel- 
oping multi-media tutorials for 
semiconductor manufacturing. 

Jason Winebarger '92BFA 
recently completed another mural 
in Blue Point Seafood Restaurant, 
at Sixth Street Market Place in 
Richmond. lason's past work 
includes the mural at El Rio 
Grande Mexican Restaurant as 
well as scenic paintings for theater 
and film. 

Kimberly Wyatt '93MED is a 
missionary with the cooperative 
Baptist Fellowship. She leaves this 
fall to work with people in 
Northern Thailand. 

Lawrence Zicherman 
'92MPA/H&S is an instructor in 
the Department of Emergency 
Services Education at the 
Universit)' of South Alabama in 

The Way We Were 

Yes, it's the faculty ofRPI's School 
of Engineering Technology, where 
students could get a two-year asso- 
ciate's degree during the '60s and 
'70s. VCU's first class in the new 
School of Engineering entered this 
fall, also motorized — by Motorola, 
Inc. Other pubtic-private-universi- 
ty partnerships are generating even 
more juice for VCU's newest school. 



Key To Abbreviations 

Alumni arc identified by year 

Schools, Colleges, Divisions 

A Arts 

AH Allied Health Professions 

B Business 

D Dentistry 

E Education 

H&S Humanities and Sciences 

M-BH Medicine 

MC Mass Communications 

N Nursing 

NTS Nontraditional Studies 
Program/Community and 
International Programs 

P Pharmacy 

SW Social Work 

Other abbreviations 

Cert Certificate 

BGS Bachelor of General Studies 

BFA, MFA Bachelor, Master of 

Fine Art 
HS House Staff 
MIS Master of Interdisciphnary 

MPA, DPA Master, Doctor of 

Public Administration 
MSW Master of Social Work 

I/We are enclosing 

$25 individual membership 
VCU Alumni Association 

$40 couple membership 
VCU Alumni Association 

$30 individual membership 
in African American Alumni 
Council (includes dual 
membership in VCUAA) 

$40 couple membership in 
African American Alumni 
Council (includes dual 
membership in VCUAA) 

Please make checks 
payable to VCUAA. 

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promotions— whatever you think is newsworthy. Help us keep track of you by completing and returnir-g this 
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Austrian Escapade 
Alumni lour 

y MCV4-U Mentoring 
I Program 

^ Oclobcr-Movcnibcr 

i "Partners for Progress" 
, Campaign Launch 

(klober 10 

i Family Day 
Academic Campus 

Talent Night/ 
Scholarship Drive 
African American Alumni # 

Oclobei- 26 

Children of Alunini I^TT 
Open house for WtS 
Prospective Students 


'A%imni ExtO'n Program 

Student/Alumni Reception 

Match 20— /('///K/zir 

Hampton Roads 
Student/ Alumni Reception 

'Alumni R 


yii'ii/ liijjjiijiir 

March 29 


April 18-20 

Art Exhibit/ 

Networking Reception 

African American 

Alumni Council 

Olympic Fever at VCU 

MJiTimer, aad crowHs gathered at Shaler Coul'i 
^Uch the pa.^ng of the torch. Alumna Kell^ 
Brown McIntYre '90BFA \imei\ carrie^i*'- 1' 
in her home town, Philadelphia. More 
Olympians in our news, section, page 5. 

Mr.V 4-U Mentoring 
-:* \ Program 



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Alumni Council 

, Extern Program 
Spring Break 

Odyssey of the M 

April m-l^ 


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